9 August 2007 :: by Simba
As predicted the representatives of the other 71 Football League clubs refused to reduce the
15 point penalty imposed on Leeds United for the 2007-08 season.
The deduction only punishes the loyal Leeds fans who have to pay to watch United battle relegation all season - but that has been covered previously on this site.
- where is the punishment for the real villain of the debacle - Peter Ridsdale - oh, that's right he was one of those entitled to vote in favour of the points deduction! So Leeds fans get punished because a power-crazed dreamer wanted to gamble with other people's money and that teflon-coated dreamer is one of those choosing the punishment! The Football League has lost all credibility with the ordinary decent fan - they are clearly unfit to manage a pub team let alone an enterprise of the size and consequence of the Football League.
The representatives of the Football League clubs were led to re-affirm the decision of the Board of the Football League by the Lord High Executioner, former Tory Grandee, Lord Mawhinney (leader of the disastrous Tory 1997 election campaign against "Call me Tony' Blair). However, in his bid to re-assert the authority of the Football League he has acted more like a judas goat than the politico-admin-warrior he clearly sees himself as. By effectively deducting 25 points Leeds United fans have been more harshly punished than teams that tried to fix the Italian league!
What flexibility is left should a club be found guilty of a serious offence next season - assuming they don't do a 'Premiership-Tevez-sweep it under the carpet' - how many points do you deduct for match fixing, playing ineligible players, or breaching the salary cap? With this punishment of the Leeds fans football clubs have ratcheted up the tariff for every offence in the rule book. Many of the smug representatives voting against Leeds today may find that next season they have just voted their own club out of existence - they are now walking a tightrope where minor infringements will lead to points deductions that condemn clubs to relegation. They may find their small clubs cannot survive that consequence - but Leeds United - now clear of debts - will survive because its embattled fans will once more man the ramparts at Elland Road, get behind the team, and attempt to overcome almost insurmountable odds - yes, it's just another season in the lives of a Leeds United fans.
We said earlier in the week that Mawhinney wanted to relegate Leeds to League Two but lacked the balls to do it. The Yorkshire Post confirmed
this was the case yesterday. So, why not phone Mawhinney at the Football League to tell him what a sneaky, gutless little pratt he is, but make sure you call him Mal-whinney, apparently he hates it!!
Enjoy the forthcoming season, I'll see many of you at Elland Road but... remember to boycott the away games and all the businesses in the away towns.
Don't spend your money with anyone other than Leeds United - why help the enemy who just kicked you when you were down?
Feel free to have your say on the points deduction, Mawhinney's vendetta against Leeds United or any other football topic on our fans forum.