-by John Brindley
Britain’s mega rich elite has been gatecrashed in recent years by a load of commoners kicking a bag of wind about.
But don’t expect too much green-eyed monster treatment from those who honestly make their millions and billions through birthright, shady stock market deals or lucrative bonuses when they hear Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez is on a reported £600,000 a week.
For, although football may traditionally be the sport of the working class, in modern day Britain it performs a very decent job for the Illuminati.
Proposterous, I hear you shout. How can Harry Kane sticking the ball in the back of the net be of value to the establishment?
Well, actually, it does – and not just in the case of Spurs and England supporters.
With church attendance fading, the elite needed something to keep the peasants busy and the advent of the Premier League in England in 1992 was an absolute masterstroke.
Latest figures released by Deloitte reveal that the English Premier League was way out on its own as the market leader in European football in 2016/17, generating a cool £4.5 billion and 86 per cent more than its nearest rival, Spain’s La Liga.
Every season the money is getting bigger and bigger and bigger and shows no sign yet of stopping.
Infact the Premier League has been a winner in almost every aspect – apart from the small matter of the quality of the football.
Liverpool’s revent 3-1 defeat in the Champions League final meant Premier League clubs have won Europe’s most presigious club competition only four times since the elite league was launched in 27 seasons
This compares with eight wins for British clubs in the previous 27 years, a period which included a lengthy-ban for English sides.
Things have also merely progressed from one version of mediocre to another on the international stage as England have only reached the semi final stage of either the World Cup or European Championships once in Premier League times – and that when it was played on our own expensive grass.
So why would the elite love the modern business-driven game so much?
It’s not difficult to imagine just why.
The incredible media hype behind the so-called ‘beautiful game’ keeps the masses tuned into the rollercoaster fortunes and ill fortunes of their favourite teams – and steers the focus away from what some might consider more important issues.
Just consider also the values that football teaches.
Support for any one club almost certainly implies hatred and loathing for another.
For example, very few Arsenal supporters worth their salt would have a problem wth saying they despised Tottenham. And vice versa.
This provides the most perfect training for when such people enlist in the armed forces.
They have no problem at all with indentifying that they belong to one team and the country the elite is at odds with is the enemy.
They have been perfectly prepared to ‘win at all costs’ and show no mercy.
Even the language of football is geared up for real-life conflict. How often do you hear a game described as a ‘battle’ or a ‘war’. Only the result matters, how you play is almost irrelevant.
There’s no time for losers in football – or on the real battle field. Breaking the rules is no problem. In fact it’s seen as common sense.
Very few people would complain if England’s Raheem Stirling wins a penalty in the World Cup with the same type of dive that earned him a caution against Nigeria.
The reason? He’s one of us, on our side – as long as we win, who cares?
The irony is that those who frequently complain about the ludicrous wages of footballers still pay their hard earned cash to watch the multi millionaire at play.
How about a Saturday next season when we all declare enough is enough and boycott the stands?
Only through lost earnings will the message be heard…..