We remember those press conferences with Aleksander Čeferin anointing himself judge and jury to humanity as a host of European clubs tried to shake up the claustrophobic and corrupt world of European football governance with the Euro Super League. We remember the support for UEFA from fans who were disgusted by the ESL because UEFA and Gary Neville told them to be, and we also remember we were one of the few who thought it a good idea.
We also remember the silence from the same masses when UEFA basically introduced the same idea themselves, with no outrage at all.
So forgive us for saying we ‘told you so’ now that UEFA are the bad guys again following the Champions League and Europa League finals in which their conduct went something below reprehensible (as always) and the likes of Gary Lineker (and we presume, Neville) demand answers over the horrendous scenes in Paris.
We also have to note the fact UEFA basically ignored what Rangers and Frankfurt fans complained about, with a pathetically wet apology which still managed to blame the fans for what happened in Sevilla.
It’s only once Euro powerhouse Real Madrid got involved as a result of those horror scenes in France that the governing body fell all over themselves to apologise and try to put things right.
Any particular reason you were a lot less interested in the plight of Rangers and Frankfurt fans, UEFA?
It’s all about power, money and influence, and Real are the biggest powerhouse in world football by a mile. They always have been. UEFA could get away with anything, but once Real got involved, UEFA had to take notice.
Rangers? Frankfurt? Doesn’t matter so much. Even Liverpool’s fans didn’t matter so much. The same fans, incidentally, some supporters on Ibrox Noise decided to condemn as criminals, despite being tear-gassed on false pretences by the French police. Yeah, very few come out of this looking good.
But UEFA are the worst – to so flippantly disregard Rangers fans despite the risk to life that night, and only take the complaints of Real seriously shows how vile this governing body is and how rotten European football has become.
We have little hope for European football ever cleaning itself up, because the criminals that run it are worse than any French policeman.