Their attempts to intimidate and push around small nations for their own profit are as disgusting as they are completely shameful.
Health rather than wealth is the mantra in which a troubled world currently lives.
If you are in power in the corridors of this organization in Switzerland, however, it is only the wealth part that seems to matter.
The fact that they could cause serious damage and even paralyze nations like Scotland with their actions of bullying playgrounds only increases the feeling of anger towards them.
To tell clubs such as Celtic and the Rangers that their place in Europe is threatened if they go against what UEFA wants, and by doing what can ultimately help people in their own country, is quite shocking.
The letter which was distributed to member associations on Thursday evening was a blow and insensitive.
It seems pretty simple to me. European football leaders know who fills their pockets with the most money.
Their slogan is EqualGame at a time when inequality has never been more evident.
Everything revolves around the big leagues of England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. Their television contracts and what they put in market share overshadow the rest of the countries.
The glory, fame and massive sponsorship deals of the Champions League are all about them.
This whole masquerade that was put in place over the past month has smelled rats from the start. The possibility of huge television contracts not being honored in these big leagues sent an absolute shock wave through clubs and their associations and made them run to hang on to the straws.
You have to be blind not to see where his motivation has been from the start. Desperate attempts to play games when the whole world knows that you cannot put a timeline on the coronavirus.
Fudging dates such as June for international qualifiers. Distribute false hopes and refuse to make concise and clear decisions. They always do.
Lack of leadership when the majority of their members needed it most.
But, again, they don’t seem to be dealing with 50 of their members. Just for five of them.
I’m not saying that all associations want their leagues to be finished.
Of course they do. This is what everyone wants. But sometimes you have to look at the big picture and realize that there could be a better way.
Do you really think the Belgians didn’t want to finish the Pro League? Of course they would have. They wouldn’t have wanted to crown Brugge the champions when they hadn’t finished the games. No country wants this.
But listen to their reasoning. When reading the newsletters, the phrase used was that Belgian football leaders rejected the notion of playing the rest of the matches behind closed doors as the matches would continue to put pressure on medical services and also agreed that the risk of infecting the players would harm also to the integrity of the competition.
How can you challenge this? How can someone be threatened or reprimanded when that is the approach?
However, forget about medical care and the risks. This is what UEFA did in the hours following the Belgian announcement and it was because their cover had been burnt out and their little scam was aimed at saving the big guns that were brutally exposed .
Let’s not forget a really important thing here. Two of the countries at the center of this situation, Spain and Italy, have some of the highest Covid-19 death rates on the planet. Did they even take these facts into account?
I would be inclined to forget everything I see or hear from them. For me, it’s all about greed.
Sports integrity? Do it for the right reasons? Do me a favor. This is an organization that spent the beginning of this week imposing silly and unnecessary fines on clubs for matches that started a few seconds late.
Take money in your pocket at a time when everyone in football realizes that their economy is going to collapse and that clubs are going to be in serious trouble. UEFA takes £ 10,000 here and £ 12,000 there. Grotesque.
Now they have put a gun on the heads of small countries.
Indeed, they are trying to remove the choice to do what could be good for each association and their clubs.
None of us know what Scottish football’s exact plan is right now. But we do know that the clubs are asking for clarity in the hopes of getting payments from the bank to help them get through this crisis.
By doing what they have done, UEFA has added another layer of complication to the problem when they should do just the opposite and provide assistance. Indeed, they tell Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen to stand on the throats of other Scottish clubs because, if they don’t, their places in the Champions League and Europa League will will be removed for next season.
This is what this letter really said. Do you really think that UEFA is embarrassed by the way the leagues end in Slovakia, Slovenia or Scotland? All that concerns them is what is happening in England, Spain, Italy and Germany and, if someone withdraws, they will be treated accordingly.
You see people’s true colors when the tokens are out of order. You see who will dig for the greater good and who will hide or put his self-interest first. We see it here from Nyon.
Before EqualGame, one of UEFA’s past slogans was Our Game is Fair Play. This should have read Our game is fair wages.