MP says professional football is rotten to the core

Gazette: MP says professional football is rotten to the core MP says professional football is rotten to the core

PROFESSIONAL football in England is “rotten to the core” Colchester’s MP claims.

Lib Dem Sir Bob Russell told Parliament yesterday a Royal commission was needed to clean up the sport.

The Colchester United fan slammed “parasitic agents” for taking millions of pounds out of the game. His comments came after six people were arrested by police investigating spot-fixing, where incidents, such as red and yellow cards, are said to be fixed and gambled on. U’s manager Joe Dunne said the allegations, which included League One matches not involving the club, were “too close to home”.

A Royal commission would see a Government-appointed group investigating and making recommendations. Sir Bob said: “I think there is general agreement professional football in this country is rotten to the core, not least as a result of parasitic agents taking millions a year out of the game and of football wasting riches in the same way governments wasted North Sea oil revenues.

“The select committee on culture, media and sport has done a good job with its report and recommendations. But does the minister agree what we need now is a Royal commission to clean up the game?”

Sports minister Helen Grant disagreed, and said football authorities had brought in reforms during the summer.

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8:04am Mon 16 Dec 13

wardyt says...

So is politics Sir Nob.
So is politics Sir Nob. wardyt

9:13am Mon 16 Dec 13

angryman!!! says...

So is bob, the man who knows what's better for Colchester than the rest of us. Such an honour for the town to be represented by the scruffiest mp in the country. I bet he is loving seeing the club going through this bad spell so he feels he's got one up on mr cowling who dared to speak against him.
So is bob, the man who knows what's better for Colchester than the rest of us. Such an honour for the town to be represented by the scruffiest mp in the country. I bet he is loving seeing the club going through this bad spell so he feels he's got one up on mr cowling who dared to speak against him. angryman!!!

10:11am Mon 16 Dec 13

Shambolic says...

.....not as rotten as politics
.....not as rotten as politics Shambolic

10:23am Mon 16 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

They article is about football, not politics.
They article is about football, not politics. Ritchie_Hicks

10:24am Mon 16 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Kettle and teapot here, this gormless individual is good at stating the obvious but like all the others does nothing!
Kettle and teapot here, this gormless individual is good at stating the obvious but like all the others does nothing! totallyfootball

11:48am Mon 16 Dec 13

wormshero says...

I don't necessarily think it's his place to raise this issue, but I completely agree with him on his views about professional football.
I don't necessarily think it's his place to raise this issue, but I completely agree with him on his views about professional football. wormshero

3:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

It is his place to raise the issue and I completely agree with him. Name one high paying sport that isn't corrupt in this country. If it isn't his place, whose place is it?
It is his place to raise the issue and I completely agree with him. Name one high paying sport that isn't corrupt in this country. If it isn't his place, whose place is it? Jess Jephcott

3:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

I personaly don't think one of todays politians should point the finger at corrupt practice.
I personaly don't think one of todays politians should point the finger at corrupt practice. stevedawson

4:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Taj says...

The man is a joke ,how he can criticise football when he sits next to a gang of corrupt politicians from the rich boys club beggars belief.
The man is a joke ,how he can criticise football when he sits next to a gang of corrupt politicians from the rich boys club beggars belief. Taj

6:54pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city The people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your publicising ways.
Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city The people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your publicising ways. Mind your own business

6:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.
Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways. Mind your own business

9:05pm Mon 16 Dec 13

25414nora says...

You only need to look at the Premier League to see our National sport (football), IS corrupt to the core. The top 6 or 8 clubs have a complete monopoly of all aspects of the sport.. Today Spurs sacked their manager, (just like that). His contract will ensure he picks-up a nice 7 figure severance package, Spurs will replace him at astronomic expence, and so the bandwagon rolls. We once had our 'Schools of excellence' where youngsters came up from the lower ranks, thus creating some wealth for the lower div' clubs to survive. But now this system is being by-passed by the handful of big clubs spending crazy money on imports, and those parasitic agents bleeding the game dry. We shouldn't be too shocked to now see match-fixing dishonesty creeping into football. This situation needs in-depth investigation at government level. Carry on the way things are, and we can all look forward to a European super league, with great masses of fans being deprived of our national sport.
You only need to look at the Premier League to see our National sport (football), IS corrupt to the core. The top 6 or 8 clubs have a complete monopoly of all aspects of the sport.. Today Spurs sacked their manager, (just like that). His contract will ensure he picks-up a nice 7 figure severance package, Spurs will replace him at astronomic expence, and so the bandwagon rolls. We once had our 'Schools of excellence' where youngsters came up from the lower ranks, thus creating some wealth for the lower div' clubs to survive. But now this system is being by-passed by the handful of big clubs spending crazy money on imports, and those parasitic agents bleeding the game dry. We shouldn't be too shocked to now see match-fixing dishonesty creeping into football. This situation needs in-depth investigation at government level. Carry on the way things are, and we can all look forward to a European super league, with great masses of fans being deprived of our national sport. 25414nora

10:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Taj says...

25414nora wrote:
You only need to look at the Premier League to see our National sport (football), IS corrupt to the core. The top 6 or 8 clubs have a complete monopoly of all aspects of the sport.. Today Spurs sacked their manager, (just like that). His contract will ensure he picks-up a nice 7 figure severance package, Spurs will replace him at astronomic expence, and so the bandwagon rolls. We once had our 'Schools of excellence' where youngsters came up from the lower ranks, thus creating some wealth for the lower div' clubs to survive. But now this system is being by-passed by the handful of big clubs spending crazy money on imports, and those parasitic agents bleeding the game dry. We shouldn't be too shocked to now see match-fixing dishonesty creeping into football. This situation needs in-depth investigation at government level. Carry on the way things are, and we can all look forward to a European super league, with great masses of fans being deprived of our national sport.
Blame Sky television that is where the problem is .
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: You only need to look at the Premier League to see our National sport (football), IS corrupt to the core. The top 6 or 8 clubs have a complete monopoly of all aspects of the sport.. Today Spurs sacked their manager, (just like that). His contract will ensure he picks-up a nice 7 figure severance package, Spurs will replace him at astronomic expence, and so the bandwagon rolls. We once had our 'Schools of excellence' where youngsters came up from the lower ranks, thus creating some wealth for the lower div' clubs to survive. But now this system is being by-passed by the handful of big clubs spending crazy money on imports, and those parasitic agents bleeding the game dry. We shouldn't be too shocked to now see match-fixing dishonesty creeping into football. This situation needs in-depth investigation at government level. Carry on the way things are, and we can all look forward to a European super league, with great masses of fans being deprived of our national sport.[/p][/quote]Blame Sky television that is where the problem is . Taj

1:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

Boris says...

Mind your own business wrote:
Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.
Bob Russell knows more about football, and especially about Colchester United, than most of the people who have commented so far, including you.
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Kindly act according to your chosen name, and Mind Your Own Business.
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.[/p][/quote]Bob Russell knows more about football, and especially about Colchester United, than most of the people who have commented so far, including you. . Kindly act according to your chosen name, and Mind Your Own Business. Boris

3:22am Tue 17 Dec 13

mirokou says...

Let’s put it like this: an MP elected to the last Parliament was four times more likely to be jailed than the average Briton.

And if we take the House of Lords into account, it seems that a politician from either House was more than twice as likely to go to jail than the man or woman in the street.
Let’s put it like this: an MP elected to the last Parliament was four times more likely to be jailed than the average Briton. And if we take the House of Lords into account, it seems that a politician from either House was more than twice as likely to go to jail than the man or woman in the street. mirokou

9:39am Tue 17 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Mind your own business wrote:
Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.
You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.[/p][/quote]You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself. wormshero

10:50am Tue 17 Dec 13

romantic says...

To be fair, Bob Russell is a proper fan of Col Utd. I used to stand in the Barside just a couple of rows behind him, and he was there for most games. Also, not making a big deal of it, he was just the normal fan, before it became the thing for politicians to claim they were fans just to seem like "men of the people".

Not sure if the game is as universally corrupt as he suggests. At the top level, thanks (no thanks really) to Sky, there are vast amounts of money sloshing around, and the agent system is certainly not ideal. But I'm not convinced that there is large-scale match-fixing going on. Unless a whole team and their manage is corrupt, one player can only have a limited influence on the final result. Most players, at any level, are fair-minded and will play to win. In a game like snooker, for example, it would be fairly easy to fix a game, especially if both players were in on it, but I do not believe there would be any dressing-room where every player would agree to fix a game.
To be fair, Bob Russell is a proper fan of Col Utd. I used to stand in the Barside just a couple of rows behind him, and he was there for most games. Also, not making a big deal of it, he was just the normal fan, before it became the thing for politicians to claim they were fans just to seem like "men of the people". Not sure if the game is as universally corrupt as he suggests. At the top level, thanks (no thanks really) to Sky, there are vast amounts of money sloshing around, and the agent system is certainly not ideal. But I'm not convinced that there is large-scale match-fixing going on. Unless a whole team and their manage is corrupt, one player can only have a limited influence on the final result. Most players, at any level, are fair-minded and will play to win. In a game like snooker, for example, it would be fairly easy to fix a game, especially if both players were in on it, but I do not believe there would be any dressing-room where every player would agree to fix a game. romantic

1:59pm Tue 17 Dec 13

wardyt says...

wormshero wrote:
Mind your own business wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.
You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself.
He is supposed to represent Colchester, but seems to concern himself with Palestine and abusing his parliamentary privilege.
[quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.[/p][/quote]You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself.[/p][/quote]He is supposed to represent Colchester, but seems to concern himself with Palestine and abusing his parliamentary privilege. wardyt

10:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Boris says...

wardyt wrote:
wormshero wrote:
Mind your own business wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.
You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself.
He is supposed to represent Colchester, but seems to concern himself with Palestine and abusing his parliamentary privilege.
MPs are supposed to concern themselves not just with their own constituency which Bob actually does better than most), but with national and international issues. I disagree with Bob on a lot of things, but I respect him greatly for his stance on Palestine, on which he has to put up with flak from the Zionist lobby.
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wormshero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Bob Russell shouldn't talk about things that he knows nothing about, and that goes for football and politics. Mr Russell if you are reading this please move to another town or city the people of Colchester are sick to the back teeth of you and your self publicising ways.[/p][/quote]You don't speak on behalf of "the people of Colchester". I'm a person of Colchester and I think he does a good job generally. Get over yourself.[/p][/quote]He is supposed to represent Colchester, but seems to concern himself with Palestine and abusing his parliamentary privilege.[/p][/quote]MPs are supposed to concern themselves not just with their own constituency which Bob actually does better than most), but with national and international issues. I disagree with Bob on a lot of things, but I respect him greatly for his stance on Palestine, on which he has to put up with flak from the Zionist lobby. Boris

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