Cheating a culture at Chelsea?
I’m getting tired of the news stories.
We’re living in a business culture where, it seems, if you don’t cheat then you are dumb.
That says something about the level of corruption in our world, and begs questions of its richest football club, Chelsea.
Is a cheating culture emerging at Chelsea as the media report? A single story is one thing, but more and more news stories confirm Chelsea are breaking the business rules.
And they just compensated Tottenham to cover up another illegal approach. The FA will be quiet now, since its 'between the clubs'.
That is a payoff, out in the open. See how wealth can get you out of problems?
So are Chelsea’s illegal contacts a microcosm of a global problem? I’d say so, since it seems seldom a selfless act exists anymore without measuring the political gain and risk. When Arsenal player Ashley Cole got involved, they measured the same things, just the stature of the player replaced politics, do we do this or not?
Football subscribes to the same business principle as all other business, and that is:
All business is politics
Illegal approaches, political bribes, Blair, Clinton and Enron. Its all part of the same global problem, of the global cheating culture, but this is about football and a club, Chelsea, which is lowering the bar.
Jose Mourinho is directly involved in many of the problems. As a coach he’s fantastic, the best coach in the world at the moment.
When it’s fair, 11-11, Mourinho is fine, but it seems that when the touchlines disappear then so do the rules.
How about Chelsea start respecting the global political impact of football: Brazil’s military dictatorships of the 60’s used football to extraordinary effect to pacify and oppress. Winning World Cup's made it possible for Brazil to buy bigger guns.
Chelsea are sending signals to the rest of the world, not just the Premiership. And that brings me to the second rule of business:
*Success can mask problems like nobody’s business.
Watching football is escapism. I don’t want to see the real world in a green rectangle, I want to see a fantasy, then turn off the TV and go back to the real world. In the real world we have a global social problem of cheating.
I’d suggest we keep this game clean because it has a global impact. A cheating culture cheats our culture.