So EUFA were all against the ESL yet seem to have done a very similar thing with the new format of the different contest! So there’s gonna be 36 teams rather than 32 starting from the 24/35 season, with the 4 new places going to some playoff like way, and one to most likely France, but the other two are now going to the two teams who didn’t qualify who had the most “historical credit” in the tournament! 🤦🏻♂️ As the new tournament format seems like it’s gonna be just as bad as they’ve still got the classic R16 onwards like we’ve currently got, but how it is before just doesn’t really seem fair/consistent as there’s gonna be just 1 group, with all teams playing 10 games (5 home and 5 away) but who they’ll be playing and where I can’t seem to find/understand which could cause loads of controversy. But once all the games have happened then the top 8 get through to the R16 and the other 8 positions go to a playoff between teams from 9th-16th and 17th-24th. But how they’re gonna fit in all these games and how the allocations are gonna work just makes no sense. This is also gone be the case for the Conference and Europa league (although whether that means we get more slots for Europe, who knows!? All this just shows/sums up the major downwards slope that footballs on though! First you get all the money, then the diving, then the proposed ESL, then the 5 subs (which clearly benefit the bigger teams!) and now the start of the same teams qualifying for the major tournaments! Which just shows/confirms that it’s only a matter of time until the hypocrites that call themselves UEFA start their own European super league that’s always gonna he’s the same teams! What a joke
Kyle Walker-Peters has just made the England squad! And he damn well deserves it after how great he’s been this season! Fair play to Southgate for selecting him and not just some overrated player who plays for some “top 6” team
Look I know people won’t be happy with today’s squad, but other than Long for Adams then I don’t think it’s the worst squad. As Bednerak and Stephens have got barely anything between them, and Broja’s been poor recently so fair enough for giving A Armstrong a chance, but why he’s playing Long instead of Adams I don’t get.
But still he proved us all wrong with the West Ham game, and if we win/get through today, then everyone’s happy!
Ok recently I’ve seen a lot of posts on here about officials, and their decisions etc. And as someone who’s a ref myself I’d love to hear what people on here expect of officials, as well as if any of them can answer my questions below? So I’d be interested to see of what people say in response to these questions.
Firstly, what is it that people expect from officials? A 100% perfect game, a 90% perfect… or just the major decisions? Like what do you expect VAR to get involved in and how it should be edited/used in the future.
Secondly, why do soo many think that the officiating abroad is soo much better than it is in the UK? Is it because of the champions league, and the officials in that, or is it because they watch the foreign leagues so see the officials in them. (as I myself have watched LaLiga, Siri’s A, Bundesliga etc, and the officiating mistakes they make in them can be just as baffling as some of the ones in the prem).
And lastly why don’t fans realise that it’s not going to get any better with how officials are currently treated. As everyone loves to criticise them when they do mess up (and even many times when they don’t mess up), yet no one praises them when they do well. As they get loads of abuse and threats at all sorts of levels, yet get very little (if any at all praise), whilst many other officials in other sports get a lot more respect compared to them, so why not football? As if we keep giving officials abuse, only less will come through (as I myself know loads of former officials that all stopped because of the abuse they got, meaning that their was fewer and fewer refs around to get to the top), as many lower leagues have referee droughts. Yet all those that abuse them, never seem to turn around and do it themselves. So why is that, and is not the way we treat them only making things worse?