‘Poor old Chelsea’

Posted on September 5, 2009

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It is hard to find too much sympathy for mega-rich Chelsea as they face a transfer embargo for tapping up a young player. They’ve been accused of it before and it’s good to see some action being taken.

It is a little harsh, however, that it is only Chelsea that have been singled out. There is little doubt that most of the bigger clubs engage in such illegal activity, using their greater reputation and financial muscle to tempt players away from smaller clubs. If Chelsea are facing such sanctions, then surely the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool must also expect recriminations? It remains to be seen whether this will be the case.

I suspect that Chelsea’s ban will be lifted upon appeal. Football’s governing bodies will not want to risk offending such a major side. Sanctions seem like a good idea to me, though. Maybe the richer teams should all be banned from adding to their squads and give everyone else a chance to catch up. If the Big Four all get banned from signing players, the Premier League might actually get interesting within the next year or so.

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