“The prospect of Blatter suffering more difficulties and hardship may be too much for his counterparts to bear. Radical action could very well be taken.” – Matthew Lindsay, The Herald, 20 December 2015.
The above is a fabricated quote.
But in fabricating it I only replaced two words in the original text which was scrawled by the Herald’s Matthew Lindsay last night.
I replaced “Rangers*” with “Blatter”, and “their” with “his”.
It’s not much of a change is it? And the similarity the two quotes is emblematic of quite how ludicrious the notion of Sevco being bumped up to the top flight to ensure their survival and (somehow) benefit the game as a whole is.
Because it terms of being for the ‘wider good’ you could make similarly spurious arguments about Blatter coming back from the career-liquidating ban handed out to him by FIFA’s Ethics Committee today.
“Everyone will feel much more confident about the future with the experience and ‘history’ of Blatter in the top flight of the game’s administration”
“Blatter is good ‘box office’. He will raise the profile of the game.
“A strong Sepp Blatter has attracted sponsors to the sport in the past. A Sepp Blatter-themed entity could do the same again”.
“Sepp Blatter can’t live within his means away from the top flight of world football’s governing body. He may need to be helped” .
If a newspaper anywhere in the world ran arguments like that, they would be rightly mocked until the end of time.
And yet in Scotland, equally bizarre musings about why the financially-stricken tribute act of a rule-breaking and creditor-stiffing ‘club’ might be ‘fast-tracked’ into the top tier of the game are presented as serious punditry.
By a Chief Football Writer.