Our wonderful owners, Fosun, have invested millions of pounds over the last few years, to enable them to become a globally known brand, increase their revenue and become a more diverse company through football, the most popular sport on the planet.
They have, however, not done this to be cheated.
I feel it is now time for Fosun to flex their powerful muscles, to try and get rid of the blatant cheating and hypocrisy rampant in English Football, namely that scourge, VAR.
In less than a week, Wolverhampton Wanderers alone have had five obvious decisions, courtesy of VAR, go against them.
And that is just Wolves.
Other teams have suffered almost as badly.
But, interestingly, virtually all of the blatantly bad decisions have been in favour of the so-called top six teams.Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and both Manchesters.
There cannot be any other reason.
The inhabitants of the corridors of power in English football have decided, or been paid to decide, that usurpers such as Wolves and Sheffield United cannot be allowed to be in the top six, as they surely can’t sustain those places, will get relegated, and will not have enough money to keep the faceless bureaucrats in the luxury to which they want to become accustomed.
Therefore, it is obvious to me that bribery is alive and well in English football.
So, Fosun, time to take a stand.
You have more money than any other owner in the Prem, how about Nuno taking the team off at half time, and refusing to play the second half, if the injustices of the first half at Anfield happen again?
What would the Prem do?
Never happened before, but I’m sure there would be a fine, but you can afford it.
Someone needs to take a stand, and it might as well be you, Fosun.
VAR was brought in to assist referees, not replace them, with, as so eloquently put by a fellow blogger, forensic refereeing.
Clear and obvious errors were meant to be addressed, not every single decision by referee or linesman.
If it takes over four minutes to check a clear and obvious error, then it was not clear and obvious in the first place.
And, lest we forget, VAR needs to be consistent.
Lallana v Wolves, goal allowed to stand. Boly v Leicester, goal disallowed. Identical situations.
Salah gets his shirt pulled by Arsenal player….penalty. Doherty gets his shirt pulled by Newcastle player…penalty denied. Identical situations.
Van Dyke tackles Brighton player with studs halfway up his leg, yellow card. Boly takes ball, with studs, three feet from City player, who was not touched, red card.
Mahrez touched in the box, falls over as though shot, penalty. Neto, plays ball then gets fouled, no penalty, yellow carded for diving.
No consistency. Absolutely no consistency.
So, Fosun, please take a stand, otherwise, your wonderful and ongoing investment will be for nothing, and you and football will be the losers.
If an organization as big and good as you can do it, Fosun, then surely others will follow and the sport we love can soon be restored to the beautiful game.