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Don't Ruin Our National Game

Ok, we all know by now the proposals for making the Premier League a franchise and selling the game down the river in the pursuit of a few more pennies for the money greedy men who ruin, sorry that was meant to be run, the game.

The news for many came as no real shock, we as fans have been moved from pillar to post for years with ridiculous kick off times, late changes to fixtures to suit TV, new replica kits being introduced every other day (!) and a constant lack of respect to fans, we all have to sit down and woe betide any fan making any noise above a polite handclap, not to mention the very important health and safety rule that fans can't be trusted with the very dangerous bottle tops to their drinks.

However surely the fact that all 20 of the Premier League Chairman voted in favour of looking at the proposal to further erode the great tradition of the game proves that for once, fans have GOT to unite to put an end to it? If they can't see that they will be destroying football for the want of a few more pounds in their already swelling banks, then the fans will have to show it.

For me, if we franchise the game and start this world wide circus, I think I'll break my own heart and leave the Premier League and the club I love, it will be the straw that breaks the camels back as I don't think I'd want anything to do with it.

A few examples of the feelings of editors across the Vital Premier League sites are here and then below is a link to a petition set up by our Vital Arsenal editor. Yes, it is 'just' a petition, but we surely have to start somewhere? Sign it, send it to your mates to sign it, even the teams in the Championship, Cola 1 and 2 etc should put their names against such a move because what the Premier League starts, other leagues are bound to try to replicate in some way, shape or form. This goes beyond team loyalty and hits at the very root of OUR game.

Arsenal: PL Threatens The Essence Of Our Game
Villa Stick Your Global Brand Up Your ****
Chelsea: First overseas Premiership Fixtures
Manchester City: Selling Its Soul To The Devil
Manchester United: Overseas Prem Games? Please No!

Sign the petition here: Don't Ruin Our National Game

Other network and independent sites, PLEASE replicate this, publish the petition and spread the word. All individuals against the PL proposal, please forward to all your friends to sign.

(Published across all Vital Premier League sites. With thanks to Rocky for getting the petition set up.)

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JP Fear

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 8 2008

Time: 9:53AM

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How bout a global round of friendlies rather then competition games. You could say have a double header of games in 10 different countries. This could be during a season break or internation break, allowing fringe players to play. I sure would love to see blackburn playing in Sydney. However, the Premier League is the English Premier League, not the global premier league, soit should stay there
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08/02/2008 10:01:00

I think it's bollox. An extra game with the top teams seeded. You could get relegated or miss a euro place on the back of that one game. Can't imagine any extra foreign cash would compensate that. If they decide to go ahead they should pick the fixtures of a given week. Then the only disadvantage would neither team would be home & the home teams season ticket holders would get a refund. Whatever the lure of money is, it will know doubt benefit the big 4, who don't really need it but are just greedy. Sod the home supporter attitude as usual.
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08/02/2008 10:04:00

I TOTALLY hate this idea, I think it is an absolute joke and I can't believe that the Premier League (hang on, actually I can!!!) could do this, forgetting the fact that it is just COMPLETELY the wrong thing to do!!!
Hughes Da Man
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08/02/2008 10:17:00

Lets not forget that the Chairmen of all 20 clubs have actually agreed to explore this idea further. They deserve some of the criticism as well.
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08/02/2008 11:12:00

If it ain't broke don't fix it! They tinker and tinker with our game and for what... more money! How much richer do they want to get??
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08/02/2008 12:41:00

why not play something ***** like the charity shield elsewhere.. ***** it play some of the champions league bull***** abroad.. the "champions" league couldn't sell out any more so just push it to the other continents!!
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08/02/2008 19:19:00

guess no1 liked my idea lol
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09/02/2008 05:05:00

i think its a good idea in a way! but i think they should make it so that everyother year a team loses a home game, instead of adding a 39th match, i think this would make it alot more exciting, and allow fans from accross the world see their team, i know rovers have a large following in SA because of benni and aaron, aswell as dwn in OZ and NZ cos of brett and ryan, i dont see why this cant work?! i think its brilliant, we all saw how successful the NFL game at wembley was, i was actually at that game, and thought it was awesome!! so heres to the future!!
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09/02/2008 10:51:00

Tally for the petition is now at 3495, whilst this is excellent - especially in such a short time frame we need it to be into tens of thousands, get your family, friends, colleagues basically anyone with an email and even a fleeting interest in the game, and get them on this now.
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09/02/2008 16:18:00

I ike your idea sas as it is a more practical way to do things as opposed to disrupting everything. Cretins at the FA - back the sas!!!
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10/02/2008 19:26:00


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