What on earth is going on with football at the moment? It's been remiss of me not to comment on Craig Murray's blog being taken down. He made comments about Alisher Usmanov, which resulted in the Russian billionaire steel magnate's lawyers writing to Craig's hosts, who immediately took down the blog. Even more remarkably in many ways, other blogs have been collaterally affected including Tim Ireland, who is back in action now though.
The situation has been brought about by Usmanov's desire to takeover Arsenal. This has been resisted by the board at the club, principally on governance reasons. The state of play across London with Chelsea turning into the southern division of Hearts has given them strength in that conviction. Arsene Wenger addressed this when he spoke of English football "losing its soul" last week with all these big money takeovers.
Despite talking about morals, he focussed on the impact of money rather than some of the more troubling aspects of the oligarchs we've seen lately. Indeed, Wenger's own close friend David Dein is heading up the operation to bring Usmanov to the helm at the club. Chelsea supporters have for years taken a nonchalant stance as to where their sugar daddy got his billions from.
Then we come to John Reid becoming the chairman at Celtic. Continued...