Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Carry On UEFA

Carry On UEFA

The Exclusive Inclusives of Nyon have struck again.

Their "decision" to ensure that Borussia Dortmund played their match with AS Monaco within 24 hours of a series of three explosions intended to kill their footballers was monumental even by the standards of this set of greedy gnomes of Switzerland.

We saw their heavy-handed tactics first hand when the match between City and Moenchengladbach was post-poned due to extremely inclement weather in 2016. I`m not intending to put this on an even platform with what the Dortmund players suffered but the principles are the same.

The safety team at City were placed under unbelievable pressure to try to stage the match at either 2030hrs or even 2100hrs on the same day, with total disregard to the safety of both sets of fans many of whom were trapped in the City Centre where up to six feet of water was flooding Metrolink Stations, power stations were more or less exploding, the pitch was only fit for the Canadian Geese which have set up camp in nearby Ancoats and the areas attached to the Etihad Stadium and surrounding roads were simply unmanageable.

To map this scenario across to a team that has just suffered perhaps the most serious of debacles, indeed only the death of one or many footballers could have been worse, is simply beyond belief. UEFA never look at the "big picture". They didn`t in Manchester and certainly didn`t in Dortmund. The only picture they see is the effect that a post-ponement would have on likes of Gazprom, Pepsi and Mastercard and other stakeholders in their competitions.

Not for them the worry of secondary and tertiary devices in or close to the Stadium. Not for them the fact that in other countries the secondary attack is usually on the police force or its vehicles. No. Get the match played, we can`t upset the "UEFA family hangers-on" who might miss transport links or might have to pay for additional accommodation.

Some of the stories emerging on social media and the broadcasting media make me feel sick, but we have seen this behaviour at our own stadium. We saw the German fans soaked to the skin buying replacement clothes in a superstore across the road from the Etihad. We saw them sleeping on their coaches, we saw them hanging their wet clothes on the fences of the stadium the morning after, when the sun decided to appear.

But, hey, this was RAIN! Not a set of devices intended to maim or murder a football team. And the cuckoo-clock brigade insisted that footballers, who could quite easily have felt traumatised at finding themselves close to death and with one of their colleagues in hospital, play a match within 24 hours.

UEFA tells the world how fair it is and how to respect each other and the referee and the match in general. How is this fair to Dortmund? Indeed it isn`t even fair to Monaco who could also have found themselves in a similar situation away from their own country. What respect have they ever shown anyone in their window-dressing reign. They make the rules up so they are easily broken giving them the opportunity to make money out of fines. UEFA does not give you the impression it is about football. It is about money.

I really hope that Bartra is soon fit and able again and both teams can get on with the job of providing another footballing spectacle. The match as it turned out provided 5 goals with Monaco just about having the edge, probably as a result of Dortmund not really getting going early on.

Shades of Marc-Vivien Foe?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Pedmachine
Date:Thursday April 13 2017
Time: 11:40AM

Comments

0
UEFA never look at the "big picture". how true is that - They were and continue to be a disgrace. It is all about money and backers - Club and fans come well down the list. Well said Ped
buzz lightyear
19/04/2017 19:05:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Lewis Tips Joshua to Win

Vital F1 - Blog: Sochi Preview

Recent Manchester City Articles

Blue Tuesday Podcast: Derby Preview

With 24 hours to go until Manchester City face Mourinho's Manchester United Blue Tuesday presenter Jimmy Wagg asks who you think manager Pep Guardiola should pick for the derby..

The Ped out-of-The-Cup Report. City 1-2 Arsenal

Blues Succumb to Thirteen-man Gooners

Martin Atkinson Takes Charge Of Manchester Derby

The Premier League has appointed Martin Atkinson to take charge of Thursday evening's Manchester derby.

Manchester City v Manchester Utd Preview

And so it comes down to this...

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester Derby: Who will win?
Suggested By: Tudor
City58%
United13%
Bore draw21%
Don't care8%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 33 22 8 3 74 47
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 32 19 7 6 64 28
5 Man Utd 32 17 12 3 63 26
6 Arsenal 32 18 6 8 60 24
7 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 5 18 38 -8
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 33 10 7 16 37 -13
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 34 5 12 17 27 -19
20 Sunderland 33 5 6 22 21 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 27 2017 8:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 30 2017 2:05PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 6 2017 12:30PM : Crystal Palace (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Johnny Baguette603
2.Buzz Lightyear495
3.Skoorb388
4.kennyclementstache139
5.Rising131
6.Colin Is The King101
7.citizhun76
8.Tudor68
9.johnkelv60
10.OziMan49
Vital Football Comment