Sunday, June 26, 2005

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.

*See Enron

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.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post, I dont often finish any articles.

I think you are spot on. Mourinho is a great coach but there was also some ref scandal in Portugal and Porto was involved

6/26/2005 8:22 AM  
Blogger Fraud Spotter said...

What a poorly researched and pityiful piece.

You say of Chelsea: "And they just bought a player from Tottenham to cover up..."
Which player was that? I defy you to name him. There has been no player whatsoever involved in the Tottenham/chelsea situation of recent weeks.

You go on to say: "When they approached Arsenal player Ashley Cole..."
It is a matter of proven fact (read the PL judgement on the matter) that Chelsea did NOT approach Ashley Cole. To the contrary, they were approached by Cole via his agent. Chelsea's guilt was found to be that they attended the meeting after they themselves were approached.

Your article attempts to be clever. Instead, it comes across as the work of an uninformed bore.

6/26/2005 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It was Ashley Cole who approached Chelsea, not the other way around. Get your facts right before you base your article around them.
And as for the 'cheating' culture? It has been around as long as players have. There is nothing new in 'tapping up'.

The only thing that is new is that it is being reported on more, especially when the club involved is Chelsea.

It's a part of the fad/tabloid style journalism that goes on in the UK. Eventually a new 'hot topic' will take over and the focus will go there.

But while Chelsea are still rich and still winning you can be sure that anything slightly having the merest whiff of an indication of something resebling and underhand act, it will get headlines.

And all the while you can be sure other clubs are doing the same and even worse.

6/26/2005 8:36 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Sorry guys, I am so used to writing 'player', it was the sporting director. I adjusted the text.

6/26/2005 8:43 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Cole - Chelsea, Chelsea - Cole, what is really the difference, its a culture of cheats, that was the point of the article, one to which chelsea are adding to.

I fixed the text so there is no more nitpicking, but you're ignoring the bigger picture.

6/26/2005 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laughable article.

You continue to ignore the salient fact that tapping up or 'cheating' has ALWAYS been going on, but has heretofore been UNDERREPORTED.

That hardly makes it an "emerging culture". Your sense of manufactured outrage is cute, but if football is going to the pits because clubs routinely tap up players, then it had gone to the pits 30 years ago. Keep up.

"That is a payoff, out in the open. See how wealth can get you out of problems?"

Ever heard of out-of-court settlements? An equitable remedy to perceived harm has always been a basic principle of common law. It happens EVERYDAY in the civil courts. Tottenham, the alleged "victim", did not want to press charges. And that's that.

6/26/2005 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh, a lot of blinkered Chelski fans on here, it seems...

Whether Cole or Chavski instigated the meeting, Chavski attended. So are guilty of cheating.

It's against the rules, so it's cheating.

Even if a hundred clubs have done it before, it's still cheating.


Difference is that Arsenal have the class, style and dignity to report them for it. Spuds looked for a grubby payoff like a backstreet hooker.

6/26/2005 10:39 AM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

"It's against the rules, so it's cheating."

We either have alot of Chelsea fans or alot of lawyers.

Self interest can do wonders to jade your viewpoints.

Its so lawyer-ish to attack by nitpicking around the point to knock the wind from it.

The point is, Chelsea cheated, are making a habit of it and since they are the richest club in the world, should set a better example.

Just look at the comments defending this behavior using the "everyone does it" argument.

That is how looters think, and if they are looting it is coming from your wallets.

Its the price of fame, I guess, or the price of being associated with it, by towing the line and being a "good fan"

Be a good fan by letting your club have it when it deserves it, or be like Man U

6/26/2005 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shady business practices you refer to in your article are all in fact perfectly legitimate and legal business events . The prem league, FA and Eufa are all in breach of European employment law with restraint of trade contracts.

I don't remember this much vitriol directed over the Arsenal bungs under Graham, The Spurs 10 point deduction for paying untaxed backhanders, etc,etcetc.

6/26/2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger Ole said...

What a pitiful attempt to blame Chelsea for something that has been endemic in football culture for years.

Badly written, badly researched, and with no real idea of where you're going. Reads like Richard Littlejohn without the charisma. Dismal.

6/26/2005 1:10 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

Ole -

I am not blaming Chelsea in my article. Its past blame because they are guilty.

What I do think is really wrong is is the way chelsea are abusing their position of $$$ dominance.

Your critique is a joke.

My point is that the problem is at new heights.

Your comment implies that no matter what wrong exists, it can be rationalized because "it has been done in the past".

I think the only thing badly written and thought out is your comment.

6/26/2005 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's pretty obvious that the Chelseafans in here think that they can do anything "because it has been done before".

It's that mentality he is pinpointing in his article.

Your'e obviously not thinking that you have done anything wrong, not even in the "Colegate" situaiton.

All your'e saying is "ok - we'll pay, because we don't want any trouble"

For all fans, not Chelseafans of course, it's obvious that your mistakes has come to attention of the media, and buying yourselves out is the easiest way. The Arnesen saga is the same thing.

Every chelseaforum is the same "We didn't do anything"

Hey, wake up. No innocent man pays fine after fine. If Chelsea could prove Tottenham wrong, they would. End of story.

6/27/2005 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Jon Powell said...

Chelsea are cheating scum. Fines won't stop them from continuing their disgusting behaviour. Remember what happened to Swindon some seasons ago. Drop them a league and watch them start to behave!!!!

6/27/2005 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Chelsea fan and I agree we cheated and because people have done it before it doesn't make it right. however I do think Chelsea gets penalised because they are wealthy, tapping up happens every day but Chelsea only ever get reported because people know they can get something out of them. Spurs wanted money, Arsenal wanted points deducted so they could have a chance of winning the league! Either clamp down on it so no one gets away with it or everyone shut up about it and it carry's on happening.

Oh and whoever mentioned the referee thing frisk admitted after he quit that he did have a meeting at half time so were not liars and cheats when it comes to everything just other fans cant take how we got out money so they want us to fail in everything! I bet they would all love it if some one rich brought there club!

6/28/2005 5:27 PM  

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