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Celtic FC Says NO To Foreign Billionaire Takeovers
Roberto Alvarez-Galloso | October 21, 2008 at 11:43 amby
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In the Premiership League, we have witnessed the takeover of clubs in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />England such as Manchester United by the Glazer Family and Manchester City by Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra. We have been witness to the Glazer Family piling debt as well as making many people in Manchester United feel like second class citizens in a foreign style invasion of an institution. We have been witness to the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra treating Manchester City like a personal fiefdom and firing Sven Goren Eriksson after mistreating him. We have been witness to teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Vila, Portsmouth, and Fulham under the ownership of billionaires who know nothing about football but know the colour of money. While all appears lost, it is refreshing to see that not all clubs of the Premiership League and the SPL see foreign takeover of English and Scottish Clubs as a panacea for the problems facing it. Celtic Football Club is one of the clubs that are saying NO to Foreign Billionaires. I am content with the position of John Reid [Chairman of Celtic Football Club] and Dermot Desmond [Shareholder of the Celtic Football Club]. They have stated that under no condition will they allow Celtic Football Club to be taken over by a foreign buyer whose interest is solely money. Reid and Desmond have reiterated their position during an interview with BBC Five Live. Reid and Desmond should be congratulated for their decision to help protect what is one of the patrimonies of Scotland. It is hoped that the decision by Celtic would start a domino effect among the teams in the SPL and the Premiership League. MUST is one organization that is trying to free Manchester United from the Glazer Imperialist Dictatorship. It is not surprising if there are people in Manchester City who are also angry with the arbitrary decisions of Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. It is also not surprising that there are people in Chelsea who are angry with Abramovich over the way he treated Mourinho. The supporters of Liverpool, Aston Vila, Portsmouth, and Fulham must be thinking the same thing about freedom for their clubs from Billionaires. I challenge MUST to continue its struggle against Glazer. I challenge the rest of the supporters of English Premiership Teams whose teams have billionaire owners to take matters into their own hands legally and attempt to organize groups such as the ones that exist with MUST. The purpose would be to buy back the teams so that the supporters can be owners of their team. Even the scenario of My Football is a good one since the owners are the football supporters. Scarborough Athletic FC has been another example. Football Supporters of the World. Unite!!!