In 1999 the Wachoski Brothers created something special. The Matrix has been used over and over again to explain conspiracy theories, and if it ain’t broke then why fix it?
First off, the term conspiracy theory doesn’t exist because conspiracies aren’t a thing, it exists because they are.
“Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.” – Merovignian
The outrage at those who have perpetrated and are involved with the European Super League (ESL) is warranted but a more important question to ask is, why did it take this long?
We didn’t see it when Manchester United floated on the stock market. We didn’t see it when former Liverpool CEO Rick Parry’s brain-child, the Premier League, was born and Sky Sports/ Rupert Murdoch got far too much of a controlling stake in the game.
Nor did we see it when Chelsea allowed an Oligarch to buy a club in the league, or when Taksin Shiniwatra bought Manchester City despite him being so corrupt that a coup d’etat by the Thai Royal family removed him from office.
If you were still deluded enough to have any belief in the so called “fit and proper” test, that was annihilated when Sheikh Mansour, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE (just one of his many titles) and member of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi was the man allowed to take over from Shiniwatra. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire.
So that’s an extremely brief chain of the most important events.
“You think that’s air you’re breathing” – Morpheus
When the news broke about the European Super League, I was shocked, I was angry but I wasn’t surprised because this was the logical conclusion of the events mentioned above.
There’s a reason that half of the 12 are Premier League clubs, because we have the most cut-throat opportunists in the world and they’re here because of what the Premier League always wanted to be more than anything, flithy rich at any cost.
Of course the other callous money grabbers who have fleeced their fans and used their loyalty and passion as a weakness to exploit them wanted in the league that made this debauchary an art form.
So as the gasps went up around the football world, mine was less pronounced because I’d already started to question football’s matrix.
I’m of course not alone in that, but there’s not enough of us sadly.
Then came the moment for me to actually make a decision. I stopped watching the rest of the Premier League earlier this season but I made an allowance for Liverpool. I did this in spite of them getting into bed with AXA who financed the murder of Palestinians.
“Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus
I became part of the problem and used the same flawed rationale as those who I was rallying against. I have to own that. My logic to try and keep a tenous grip of the love I had for the sport that had given me so much was that Liverpool weren’t directly responsible. It was the same cognitive dissonance that those who got us here displayed and I became one of them.
“It is remarkable how similar the pattern of love is to the pattern of insanity.” – Merovingian
I’m almost glad Liverpool decided to do what they did for two reasons. From a personal point of view, there is no defence for it, I won’t even try and I don’t want to, and with that realisation came a freedom from what little of my hypocrisy was left.
From the point of view of football, this is a pivotal time where we can remember why we support football and what if anything we intend to do about it.
“What do all men with power want? More power.” – The Oracle
The problem is, this isn’t about the ESL. FIFA/UEFA wanted exactly the same thing as the ESL is promising, they are just more clandestine and subtle about how they will go about implementing it.
Also, there is the small matter of FIFA turning up, taking money from countries, paying no tax and changing their laws. In 2014 they decided that the laws that were previously in place were not to their liking. Brazil had banned alcohol sales in stadiums because of the link to the amount of deaths. FIFA decided that was a no-no and changed the laws of an entire country to suit them and their sponsor Budweister.
They also decided that the 2022 World Cup was to be held in Qatar. Given the feasibility of this, they may as well have decided to host it on the sun. They changed the season in which the World Cup takes place and gave Qatar a deadline. A deadline Qatar reached through slave labour and abysmal “working” conditions which contributed to the death of 6500 construction workers …. and counting.
Guess who owns “P”SG by the way, a club some people are incredibly lauding for deciding to not join the ESL? That would be Naseer Al-Khelaifa, Minister without Portfolio of the Qatari government.
He also is the CEO of beIN media. As Jim Morrison said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the masses”.
These are the most evil people on the planet and between them they run what we call our “beautiful game”.
They position themselves as the saviours of the game (just as Perez incredibly tried to) but they are the same organisation that in their new Champions League tournament want the richer clubs to have a access to 3 of the new 4 spots and they hide this behind “co-efficients”.
It’s just another more subtle attempt to ring fence and get the games they want, same as the way they seed teams to give the bigger clubs the best chance to get to the final.
Speaking of finals, they sell the majority of tickets to corporate sponsors while we, the life blood of our clubs are left to scramble for the crumbs from their table.
Uniquely as a Liverpool fan, I got to experience what fans of the “smaller clubs” have to go through to get to the Champions League proper even before the seedings lessen their chance of winning the competition. This happened as Liverpool won the European Cup in 2005 but did not qualify for it in 2006.
There is a debate to be had whether or not the rules should have been changed for Liverpool. I believe they should have an I can say that without any bias now as I don’t support Liverpool any more. I would have hated to see any club that won the competition not have had the chance to defend it. That’s the truth.
As Gianluca Vialli said “Is Champions League, without Champions, would just be League”.
I loved that quote at the time, I then saw what he said next which was absolute madness.
Vialli didn’t just want Liverpool to be in the competition, he thinks the winner of the competition should just go straight to the final every year. As crazy as he was to suggest this, don’t let the owners get wind of this ….
“The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease. A cancer of this planet.” – Agent Smith
The European Super League as bad as it is, that’s just the “sound of inevitability”, it’s a symptom but the disease is the greed that runs through football as a whole and just like any organisation – like say, oh I don’t know the mafia – if extreme wealth is obtainable then you’ll always find the same kind of people ready to exploit others to get their piece, if not the whole pie.
You want to know who is responsible for this and the owners are the most convenient scapegoat for all of us but it’s time you knew the truth:
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.” – Morpheus
We are ALL to blame.
The owners prey on hope:
“Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.” -The Architect
We hope we’re part of something bigger than ourselves by supporting our football clubs and when we get together as a collective to do something meaninful, we can be and that’s what they fear most.
“That’s how it is with people. Nobody cares how it works as long as it works.” – Councillor Hamann (no not that one)
Gary Neville was somehow a hero of the people and a potential saviour of the sport when he spoke out about how this is the “death of football”.
That’s the same Gary Neville that works for Sky Sports, the same Sky Sports that have so much influence they decide what time games are played and their TV contracts were instrumental in destroying football. The same Gary Neville I don’t remember speaking up about the human rights abusers who took over the league but who worked for a company and joined them in profiting when they did …
Up until now, it “worked” for him and he, like the majority of people associated with English football and the media that run it, were identifiable only through their silence.
I’m not saying he’s a bad person by any means and I will give him nothing but credit for opening up his hotel to NHS staff that needed it. I just don’t think he’s got much credit in the bank when it comes to standing up to football greed.
Same for Carragher, Lineker and the rest of them who now suddenly have a voice about what is “right” and “wrong” when it comes to football.
Of course they were all in such privelleged positions that had they spoken up earlier, they could have made a positive difference. What do they really want out of this? To go back to the way it was, that same unsustainable model that favours the big teams and TV contracts or to actually give football back to proper football fans?
“I’ll show these people what you don’t want them to see. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible.” – Neo
The good news is, there is a different way but we all have to want it and fight for it. A world where football belongs to the fans is possible. It’s up to men much smarter than me to figure it out but I might suggest that it is based around the 50+1 model in Germany only with no grandfather loophole, no special treatment and a structure where money is shared equally aside from prize money and if TV wants to cover it, they do so on our terms, not theirs.
“Ever have that feeling where you’re not sure if you’re awake or dreaming?”
Time to wake up, Neo.