And most importantly, he was there in the discussion fierce on the way, and even if the season should be resolved. This conversation was conducted not only between the football fans and the public, but between the fans of football themselves, between those who aspired to that their passion to return, a sign that life might again return to normal and those of categorical thought even to a simple game. demonstrated the highest priorities skewed.
To a certain extent, of course, it was a false dichotomy, it was possible to want the football to come back, to finish the season on the field, even if it seemed too early to discuss – and this was not always a discussion held in good faith. A large part of the debate was rooted in tribal loyalty, in thinking that what was best for your team – or what was worse for your rival, stood to be the best for all.
But it was striking, though, to see long-time fans of a club or a sport against the direction of this club or of the sport: hear the conviction with which they argued that the football did not matter, even if the consequence could be that their club has suffered or ceased to exist; reading out the leaders of anonymous convinced of the reluctance morality to try to maintain their economic model, if not their industry; to see, with the frame removed, the ease with which the ornament could be broken.
All this meant that we could see clearly the link in which football exists, this cultural force and this community institution that has been transformed into a huge monolith of a company. The clubs could not access the public funds because they are perceived as entertainment businesses profit; they could not seek to minimize the damage to their industry by returning as quickly as possible, because it is not only the entertainment companies to make a profit.
We have also seen how much our affection for the football business is fragile, at which point the standards that we require can be and how he can’t abide by them. The Premier League is perhaps the central pillar of English culture, but largely in spite of its flaws, not because of them.
But most importantly, we have seen how the Premier League is persistent, at which point it is ubiquitous and at what point is it needs games – a real action – to stay.
There was no football, no Premier League, for 100 days, but the noise – the claim and the counterclaim, the arguments and the briefing, the venality and the tribalism, passion and faith, self-interest and the self-loathing – never stopped. His absence just became another device of plot, a storyboard on which to represent the same stories than ever before.