TTU Awards 2009/2010: Crimes Against Football
He’s a sitting duck, but Richard Scudamore nonetheless edges it in the race for the Crimes Against Football gong. At the risk of sounding preachy, Sky’s ruthless bedfellow continues to grate on us unfortunates, and if the first few paragraphs of this Times piece don’t make you sick in your mouth a little then maybe you’re on the wrong site.
It’s not a simple case of biting the hand that feeds us: this “fiercely uncompromising negotiator” is compromising the competitive spirit of the game at this very moment; we gave extensive (for us, anyway) treatment of the parachute payments issue a week ago. To round it off, he’s apparently a Bristol City diehard, which makes his attitude towards everything sub-Premier League seem even more unsavoury.
Honourable mentions to: Flavio Briatore, who, not content with dragging F1 into the moral gutter, ruined a once promising season for QPR fans with his persistent interference in team affairs; Sky, for continuing to treat the game as some sort of televisual spectacle (their movement of the Plymouth Vs Newcastle match from a Saturday afternoon to a Monday evening was particularly galling); and, finally, whoever devised the Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes slot. Apparently Lizzie used to be a teacher. You can tell.