They are all sorry, but what for?

by   |   22/04/2021  12 Comments  [Jump to last]

It’s becoming nauseating, the "We listened to the fans, we are sorry."

Sorry for what exactly?

Sorry for subversive secrecy?
Sorry for lying to fellow Premier League members?
Sorry for damaging fellow PL members' business models?
Sorry for the likes of Everton, possibly making our new stadium unviable?
Sorry for the loss of thousands of jobs and huge regeneration if that was lost?
Sorry for breaching the trust of the other 14 clubs?
Sorry for promoting anti-competitive practices?
Sorry for the absence of fairness to clubs outside this elitist group?
Sorry for the lack of consideration or compassion for honest rivals?
Sorry for the damaging loss of revenues that their fellow Premier League members would suffer, possibly causing bankruptcy or financial crises?

Where’s the contrition?

Where’s the willingness to put things right by proposing and backing an independent regulator to arrest this anti-competitive, self-serving cartel and to police fairness in football?

Just a few questions that the national media and the majority of journalists don’t seem to be asking for some reason.

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Andy Crooks
1 Posted 22/04/2021 at 18:51:11
None of the above, Tony.
Just sorry that we do not understand that they are only taking what is rightfully theirs. Sorry that they have been inconvenienced and totally misunderstood.
Barry Rathbone
2 Posted 22/04/2021 at 20:46:52
The mea culpa routines are designed to mitigate any sanctions in the offing the concern for fans of their own clubs are minimal for those elsewhere non-existent.

As senior knights at the round table they know a few words of apology and the underlings and shifty power brokers will be arse licking them back on their thrones before anyone can say "whitewash".

Nothing of substance will happen leaving the door open for another farago in 5 or 6 years.

Dale Self
3 Posted 22/04/2021 at 20:56:54
For getting caught obviously. The words won't quite portray that but the timing and the body language/hostage face gives it away. Nothing quite like receiving an angry 'sorry'.
Rob Halligan
4 Posted 22/04/2021 at 20:58:00
Probably sorry they never got away with it.
Barry Hesketh
5 Posted 22/04/2021 at 21:04:48
It is a regrettable episode and we apologise unreservedly for any inconvenience caused to our sponsors and stakeholders, we will take on board the lessons learned and hopefully, we can all move forward together as one.

Do I get the gig as an owner and would I pass the fit and proper test?

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 22/04/2021 at 21:35:34
Sorry is a hollow word when you don't mean it. I never say sorry if I don't mean it.

Sorry because they got caught. Sorry because they didn't quite expect the backlash.

Relationships that will now take years to repair because they all thought that the masses would fall into line. Maybe protest a little, but go with the plan.

Real Madrid "saving football". Equals "saving Real Madrid".

Not sure where the English clubs thought they were going with this outside the American owners, who I can understand being attracted to the business model.

Peter Mills
7 Posted 22/04/2021 at 21:58:13
Their words are similar to those of David Cameron.
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 24/04/2021 at 04:32:38
Sorry actually for getting it so wrong, but you can rest assured, there won't be the same mistakes next time.
Stan Schofield
9 Posted 24/04/2021 at 23:10:00
‘Sorry' is a fashionable term, over-used by bullshitters. In fact, its use usually gives clear evidence that the person is in fact a bullshitter, utterly disingenuous, not to be trusted. Body language is the giveaway here, and that cannot be hidden.

When a ‘sorry' is offered without a clear plan of action for correct change and an associated firm commitment, it is simply further evidence of lack of honesty. Then, it is, or should be, a prompt to regulators, or equivalent policing authorities, to go in even harder to secure proper change.

This is why an independent regulatory system is needed, to ensure that these bullshitters and generally dodgy spiv characters are forced to act in accordance with the interests of the majority. Otherwise we have anarchy, a wild west of selfishness.

Brent Stephens
10 Posted 24/04/2021 at 23:14:22
The worst "sorry" is "I am sorry that..."- that some people have been offended by x or y. That's not an apology. Far from it. Priti Patel...
Derek Thomas
11 Posted 25/04/2021 at 01:19:26
They chose not to know right from wrong and they were in the wrong on so many levels.
What they were doing was 'wrong'...being sorry or getting caught /stopped, or not even being found out at all, what they did was wrong.

But like most they're mainly sorry they got caught. Other than that they don't and won't give a shit...especially if they hadn't got caught.

And, like many, if they don't face any consequence, they will keep on doing it...why wouldn't you if you don't or choose not to know right from wrong.

6yr olds or 6 football clubs, the basic idea is the same...or should be.

Action - Consequence.

Eddie Ng
12 Posted 28/04/2021 at 04:10:48
they mean "we are sorry to know that there are still so many troublesome poor people/clubs like you in this world".

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