Shocking news: Sepp Blatter talks nonsense
FIFA President claims players suffer from “modern slavery”
With the transfer rumours getting a tad repetitive, we were hoping that Sepp Blatter would make one of his trademark stupid comments to provide some mild entertainment. Thankfully he has managed to surpass all expectations with his latest foot-in-mouth moment, surmising that transfer saga regulars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Emmanuel Adebayor, rather than the public who have to endure their summer-long ‘ordeals’, are victims:
“I’m always in favour of protecting the player and if the player wants to leave let him leave. If the player wants to play somewhere else, then a solution should be found because if he stays in a club where he does not feel comfortable to play then it’s not good for the player and for the club.
“I think in football there’s too much modern slavery in transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere. We are trying now to intervene in such cases. The reaction to the Bosman law is to make long-lasting contracts in order to keep the players and then if he wants to leave, then there is only one solution, he has to pay his contract.”
Fair enough, there is some merit in this argument. Steve Sidwell and Tal Ben Haim, for example, have joined a club believing they will receive first-team opportunities, only for the manager who signed them to be replaced by someone who isn’t aware they exist.
Yet we fail to see how this applies to players who were signed by their current manager and are fundamental to their team like Cristiano Ronaldo and Emmanuel Adebayor. The former committed to a five-year contract last April, so why does Blatter feel he can now renege on that agreement? He says players should be allowed to leave if they do not “feel comfortable”, but it’s difficult to see how Ronaldo can claim to be in that position considering the adulation he receives. What gives any player the right to walk away from a binding contract, simply because they don’t fancy being hideously overpaid by the same team anymore?
If Blatter’s utopia came to pass, where contracts count for nothing and players are able to switch clubs as and when they please, who would benefit? The game in general, or just European giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona, who would end up creaming the finest players from the world’s top leagues, with little inconvenience or consequence? Clubs who rely on getting a transfer fee, sustaining a contract, and holding on to their most bankable assets without threat (ie most clubs), would ultimately suffer.
Jog on, Sepp.
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