Man City and Newcastle fans ignore puzzling facts about owners like Chelsea did – Robbie Fowler

Manchester City and Newcastle United supporters happily ignore what’s going on at their clubs like Chelsea fans did with Roman Abramovich’s money.

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I’ve been saying this for years: football has always been able to ignore the foul smell of money… as long as they see the color of it.

How many times has the question been raised about the owners of the clubs, just because the interest was waived, and the agreements were shaken, because money was involved?

It’s not only Chelsea. Boris Johnson seems to have intervened to ease the sale Newcastle interests of Saudi Arabia. Russian money, Chinese money, money from countries with questionable human rights records, all have been laundered thanks to football in recent years.

And laundry is the right word, because nowadays we all know about sports laundry. People are prepared to hold their noses and ignore the smell, as long as it fits their club.

I don’t blame Chelsea for what happened to their club. The players, the manager, the staff, all the people potentially losing their jobs, the fans, they can’t be held responsible for something. Vladimir Putin did. And this whole obscene war is due to one man’s folly.

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Roman Abramovich celebrates Chelsea’s victory at the FIFA Club World Cup with Cesar Azpilicueta last month


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However, we have known the alleged connection between Roman Abramovich and Putin for many years. That’s why he was punished, and why they said he couldn’t make a profit from selling Chelsea.

It’s an inconvenient fact, and the club’s supporters have long known it, but it makes them ignore it, as well as the Newcastle fans, City of Manchester Paris Saint-Germain fans and fans around the world ignore the fact that their club is owned by financiers, states with question of human rights or investors vulture version.

Even so, now would be a good time to pick heads out of the sand… if only to get some insight into what’s happening in Ukraine.

You will be heartbroken when you turn on the TV and see the devastation, the humanitarian crisis, the incredible loss of life. And that should certainly be the starting point for some serious questions about the ownership of football clubs.

We can’t have money back channels with people like Putin anymore, we can’t sport a channel to channel government money into football and completely change the economy of football. Surely we can’t?

Of course the big question is, how to change it? I know it won’t be easy, you can’t simply go back and say the fans own the club from now on.

Newcastle United’s new Saudi president Yasir Al-Rumayyan, center left, with the club’s British minority owner Amanda Staveley


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But punishing Abramovich and securing the government-regulated sale of Chelsea would provide an opportunity to change the story of club ownership.

The least they can do is make sure any sales are genuine and not just provide a way to circumvent sanctions.

Later Premier League GENUINE matching and matching buyer checks can be performed.

For me, I’d like to see it go further, with the opportunity to impose an element of serious fan ownership into the deal. Why not move football to the German model, where fans have the opportunity to be part of the club, and have a meaningful voice in the direction of tourism.

I don’t know the sanctions leaving Chelsea at the moment. My skeptical part will say I’m not sure it will make any material difference.

Abramovich has clearly been given the time by the government – and we know of the alleged link between Russian money and our government – to get his financial returns in a row in the face of these sanctions. He still seems to be allowed to sell the club.

Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Mansour took control of Manchester City in 2008 and ushered in a period of title-laden success

So you could argue that a sale will take place, and essentially, the manager and the players will not be affected, not the club.

But the longer it goes on, the more players will wonder what that means for their contracts. If we go to summer and the situation stays the same, then that could be the real problem.

Conversations will take place between the player and the dealer. Where does this leave me under the contract? Can I leave, can I tear off the contract?

Nobody know. I was in a similar situation at Leeds when the financial situation collapsed and they wanted the players to take a pay cut.

For me it was that simple. It is beyond my control and there is no point in wasting energy on something beyond my influence. I had to sit it out and see what happened. I think I’ve always had the mental capacity in football to understand that you can’t worry about what you can’t influence.

Others are not. Players will be really scared right now. Some people who have not played and are having a hard time, will find a way to get out as soon as possible.

That leads to the possibility of crashing, on the field and off it. It’s a hell of a mess, but let’s not lose track of who’s behind this. It was a man responsible for the atrocities. And Chelsea cannot ignore the connection between him and their current owners.

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