Posted by Ian
The replacement of Manchester City’s previous owner, "a human rights abuser of the worst kind"*, with the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, is about a big a demonstration you can get of how unpopular leading British football clubs are to British millionaires.
Why is there so little interest among the rich and powerful of this country? Why does no-one seem to think it worthwhile owning a Premier League team from their homeland?
Clearly something has to be done, before all these teams become mere units of collateral in foreign bank accounts.
Step forward the British government. Just like important art treasures are "saved for the nation" thanks to generous grants from the Treasury, so important teams should be "saved" the same way. And because they would be financed out of government expenditure (or even Lottery funding), in theory we would all own them and therefore all be entitled to have a say over match selection and transfers.
Now that would make the beautiful game truly beautiful.