Cesc, the Fans and BARCA ………. What’s up?

July 22, 2010

For the last few weeks there has been a gradual souring of the fans feelings for Cesc Fabregas. There has been a mishmash of emotional and contractual ennui and contradictory statements arising from the fans, player and clubs.

So what is going on?

What are the rights and wrongs of this upsetting (to the fans) and unsatisfactory situation we find ourselves in?

Football reflects the normal human social and political values and mores. When you think of great human love affairs they will have almost certainly been between two consenting individuals; Samson and Delilah, Romeo and Juliet, Tom and Jerry, and so on.
Not so with the compact between the Football Club, the Player and the Fans. This is a three party deal and is inherently unstable as a result. Everyone knows that when a great affair starts to go wrong, lovers know only too well how to hurt each other deeply and sometimes unintentionally.

What is this “compact”, this understanding between the three parties?

A) The player. He needs to bring high level skills, hard work and “heart” to the party to achieve team success in Leagues and Cups.

B) The club. The club needs to reward the player with untold treasures (dosh) dependent on their assessment of the player’s part in achieving the Clubs aims of successfully winning trophies. They also need to ensure there are other quality players in the team to achieve their mutual aspirations.

C) The Fans. The fans will support and love their club forever, through thick and thin. No Less! They will also love, respect and idolise their players during their careers at Arsenal and for the rest of their lives. They will also rejoice and glory in the Club’s/Player’s success and dutifully gloat to opposition fans and players whenever and wherever possible. Without fail!
When things go well, everyone knows their role the club is successful and life is blissful!

But like all relationships things can, and do, go badly wrong. How is that characterised?

1. The Player. The player (e.g. Almunia, Denilson, and Diaby) will sometimes not be able to meet the standards of skill, endeavour or heart expected of him. The fans will lose respect and will withdraw their love, and wish the Club to sell them on. The skilful player can become disillusioned with the Club’s perceived lack of ambition, in not buying additional suitably skilful, hardworking players to help achieve success, and eventually will want to move on to a more ambitious club.

2. The Club. The club can decide a player(s) is no longer suitable and will wish to transfer him/them. Or the Club will decide the player is excellent, despite the views of the fans, and persevere with him beyond all reason. The club may antagonise the fans, by recognising the need to recruit new players but choose not to do so because of other financial goals or priorities set by the management.

3. The Fans. The fans may take a vehement dislike to a player. They may become dissatisfied and/or disillusioned with the Clubs transfer policy. They may be appalled by the Club’s lack of transparency and inability to communicate to them, or, worse to dissemble and bend the truth. (Commonly known as “spinning”).

When the compact is broken for any of the above reasons, the Club or the Player reaches for “The Contract”, in the same way other more intimate relationships reach for the “Pre-Nuptial Agreement”.
Note: at this point, the other party to the compact, the fan, is expected to sod off and await the outcome, while remaining in total ignorance of what is going on!

The Legal and related Issues. OH, DEAR!

This is why the world is full of wealthy lawyers.

This whole area is complex and fraught with “booby traps”.

Unlike you or me, footballers’ contracts are overseen by a number of overlapping authorities each with their own regulations and requirements. I am NOT going into all that. It is boring and would take forever.
Suffice to say; footballers are covered by the usual European statutory employment and human rights laws, as well as by the regulations of the game’s governing bodies FIFA and UEFA and the individual player’s terms and conditions, as agreed with the Club, and written into their contracts.
If statutory laws are broken, inevitably there will be another “Bosman” ruling.

So what, you may ask?

Legal:
The first thing a lawyer will say to his client is “SAY NOTHING!” At this stage of the proceedings, marital or contractual, the big issue is usually money!
Leaving aside the abominable role played by Barca and its players, Cesc has clearly felt there is a breach of the compact rules between him and the Club, as shown above. I leave you to make your own minds up as to what that breach is, and whether or not it can be fixed.

Related:
We need to bear in mind that for centuries, parts of Spain have tried to be independent countries in their own right. The Basque and Catalan regions fought as part of a bitter and bloody civil war between the republicans and the fascists during the mid to late 1930’s, before General Franco came to power.
These memories are still deep within the Catalan psyche and will also be part of Cesc’s current problems. Irrespective of any breach of the “compact”, he will have been very flattered by the desire of his fellow Catalans for him to join them, and cannot afford to offend, not just them, but the whole o f Catalonia by telling them to get stuffed for making inappropriate public overtures.
Therefore, he cannot come out and say either” I want to stay” or “I want to go” without mortally upsetting a great number of people on either side, let alone the legal ramifications regarding his contract.

I am also sure he loves Arsenal and the Gooners who, in turn, love him.

I suggest we give him room to sort out all these conflicting emotions and contractual niceties and reflect that, if Arsenal had replaced its star players over the last few years, none of us would be in this unenviable position.

For those of you who have stuck with me to the end, a very big thank you.

Arsenal forever!

 

Written by Red Arse, but you knew that 🙂

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Parlour’s back and he’s on the Becks……

March 17, 2010

I must start with the under 18’s who had a good day on Saturday. What with the Hull fiasco and the sacking of Phil Brown, I lost sight of another great result for the team that will one day be our future. They beat a Milton Keynes reserves side 4-0 at home.

There’s not much on the Arsenal website about the game, all it says is the kids went 11-points clear at the top of Premier Academy League Group A with a 4-0 win

Benik Afobe bagged a quick couple of goals in the first half and Chuks Aneke made it 3-0 just before the hour, substitute Josh Rees completed the scoring just before the final whistle.

Well done Bouldy..

Going on from yesterday’s post, our very own Romford Pele has been speaking about David Beckham and our own Theo Walcott.

Parlour says that Walcott can become a major player for Arsenal and shouldn’t be judged on his injury-hit season.

The former Arsenal favourite reckons there are a few things similar between Theo and the David Beckham during the peak of his career.

Ray Parlour has just been on ‘An Audience with’ and he defended Theo’s form this season and reckons the player will be a huge part in Arsenal’s future.

“Players like Theo Walcott have massive potential,” he said “I would not say he has had a bad season it is just that he has not had a run in the team.

“Against Burnley, he was brilliant, absolutely fantastic. But if you are going to be a big player you need to do that week in week out at a consistent level.

“Theo will do that once he gets his injuries sorted out. Once he does that he can be a massive player for Arsenal.

“The ball he put over at the start of the second half at Hull was like Beckham in his prime. But Theo has got pace as well. He has just got to get injury free now and get a run in the team.”

So that’s what he told afc.com, high praise from an Arsenal hero…

Being serious for one minute, would Ray Parlour make such a statement if he didn’t actually believe what he was saying, would he compare him to such a ‘big’ player as David Beckham if he didn’t believe he was right? I don’t think he would, all he would be doing is putting more pressure on the now twenty one year old – and we know he loves Arsenal too much to do that!

So love Beckham or hate him, he just won’t go away, and that’s a good time to compare him to Theo Walcott, love him or hate him , he too is here to stay – and according to Theo, he is like a new signing… YAWN 😉

PS – Anyone know how the Chavs got on last night? Ha ha ha ha ha

Have a good day all, catch you in the comments…


New York or London, you can still love The Arsenal…….

December 29, 2009

Yesterday my sister, her husband and their son came to visit -I’d like to think it was to see me, but I know it was to see the new additions in our family! 😉

It’s funny though, both my brother in law and nephew, like me, were born within ten miles of the old Reading ground, Elm Park and during our younger years went to watch them play and still do, but like me, Reading are not their ‘real’ team, theirs is Liverpool! (ARGH!)

They are all going off to the Madejski Stadium for the FA Cup match between Reading and Liverpool and I asked them both who they wanted to win. Without hesitation, they both replied Liverpool and for one second I was surprised and questioned them.

My brother in law replied – Well who would you want to win if it were Reading v Arsenal and without a second thought I said, ‘Arsenal’….

My point? Cesc is born and bred a Spaniard, and Barcelona was his childhood team, but deep down you can develop a true love for a new club as many of us have. And Cesc’s new club and TRUE club is ours! Anymore rubbish in the paps about him I won’t be reading anymore, let alone believing..

Tomorrow we are off to play a side by the coast that are fighting for every point they can get.
I have to be honest, and no disrespect to the opposition, but we should win and win well, I just hope we can do it without our little gem Cesc, he needs to rest his injury properly. That’s if he is injured of course!

It will also be the penultimate game for Alex ‘Billabong’ Song – just read he is free to play against the Hammers on Saturday, but for Eboue, its his last game, if he plays!

What about the gossip as we head towards the transfer window?

This morning there isn’t any – not that I have found anyway!

We have just three days to go and the window opens – it will like sitting at home during the holiday period watching ‘Homes under the Hammer’ – what is up for auction and how much will we have to pay?
I have seen the programme, its dreadful, you get the ‘little person’ offering the right price for the house, then in comes Mr & Mrs Money Bags who bid against them just to secure the deal – a bit like us up against The Chavs and their millions!

Thankfully though, Arsene Wenger doesn’t enter that game, he will already know which player(s) he is going to buy, if any of course! He won’t enter a battle of the finances – he will just go about his business quietly in the background and then we will all leap like the ten lords once did and get very excited at the prospect of seeing a new 16 year old English player signed from under the nose of… Rafa or Fergie!!

Ok, again I am being cynical – but Wenger has made me feel like that over the last few years!

All I hope is that he does what we all hope, and he strengthens the squad just a little to see us over the line in the race for a couple of trophies….

Arsene says Cesc will be out for either three days, or three weeks – well that is helpful Arsenal! Other than that not a lot of gossip to report right now.. 😦