With English football being torn apart by managers and chairmen taking bungs and other unethical financial activity, there’s very little beauty left in the “beautiful game”.
The Premier League has had the most names revealed so far, but it wouldn’t surprise me if corruption extended down to grassroots level. In a climate eight years from the biggest recession since the 1930s, where only twenty league clubs out of ninety-two get the lion’s share of TV and sponsorship money, smaller clubs are struggling to even survive. It would not be out of the realms of possibility for them to take bungs in order to play a certain player or take a “free” transfer from a Premier League club. It would explain some of the inexplicable teamsheet choices even us fans of lower-league teams are getting used to seeing. It also wouldn’t surprise me if there was rampant matchfixing tied in, especially considering the issue has been raised in a recent, unreleated court case.
It is Premier League greed driving both the top flight’s clubs and cashstrapped lower league clubs to take desperate measures for money. And this corruption may not end there.