Posted by sean on April 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm in Football with 2 Comments

Southampton face relegation after 10 point penalty

Firstly, I have nothing against Southampton FC. I am not a supporter, but also hold no grudges – in fact, I had the pleasure of watching one of the best games of football ever at their ground in 2005.

However, I am pleased they have had this punishment. Every other club that has gone into administration in recent years has faced a penalty, so why should Southampton be any different.

While this may sound a little hypocritical, I am against point’s penalties as a rule. Football clubs go into administration, and therefore face point deductions, due to poor financial management from the owners – most of whom have left the club by the time the ship has finally sunk and the administrators are called in.

Why do clubs current owners, players and fans have to suffer due to the incompetence of previous regimes? The biggest example of this is at Leeds United with Peter Ridsdale.

Ridsdale racked up debts of £100million. He resigned in 2002, with a multi-million pound payoff. In 2007, under new owners, Leeds went into administration and faced point’s penalties which amounted to -25 across 2 seasons. At the same time, former owner Ridsdale had already spent his Leeds payoff in purchasing Cardiff City FC, who are currently challenging for promotion to the Premier League. Something’s not right…

Southampton are in a similar position due to mistakes by previous owners. Luton Town have lost their football league status due to the stupidity of former board members.

Punish the rich fat cats who cause the mess – NOT THE FANS.

2 Responses to Southampton fooked

  1. NigelBlues

    April 23, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Two things here.

    I feel sorry for Southampton but what do you suggest we should do to clubs who go bust or trade beyond their means.

    If clubs were allowed to buy whatever players they want, sopend what money they liked and then just carry on when they ran out of money with no punishment, the whole of football would do it.

    You have to punish those clubs who overpay while other clubs work within their budgets and hit them were it hurts sadly.

    Secondly, Peter Ridsdale has not bought Cardiff City. He's the Chairman and done a really good job but the money and investment comes from others. From all I ee, he's learned from mistakes made at Leeds but I suggest, unlike Lowe at Southampton, at least he's in it for the football.

  2. Adam

    April 24, 2009 - 7:55 am

    LOL, I knew as soon as the news was up on BBC news I knew that you would be there to rant.

    I have to agree it isn't exactly fair to use a point deduction system to punish a club suffering from poor finacial management and incompetent heriarcy.

    However as with Leeds they have tried to abuse a rule that is in place.

    As you know Leeds waited until relegation was indefinite then went into administration.

    Southampton have tried to 'fob' of the FA and The Football League with the story that their parent company had gone into administration and not the club.

    They may themselves find themselves on the back of a heavier punishment next season if the FA feel the club have tried bend rules like Leeds and Mr. Tax Evasion Bates did.

    Apart from that I more than agree with you about the punishment.

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