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The Hateful Eight

By: Ted Fred Franky, Refuting misinformation, June 16, 2023  12 months ago

The joint letter sent by nine Premier League clubs ot CAS to try to influence Manchester City’s appeal.

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

Before we go any further let’s name these clubs that, at the time, had such spiteful owners that they could write such a letter:

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  • Arsenal
  • Man Utd
  • Liverpool
  • Tottenham
  • Chelsea
  • Leicester
  • Newcastle and
  • Burnley

The CAS Rejection

The laughable thing is that Manchester City had not sought to do what these clubs thought they would, therefore CAS dismissed their letter from proceedings as it was irrelevant. The only relevance is that the CAS hearing is evidence that these clubs acted in such an underhand way, cannot be trusted.

Again Martin Samuel was on the money publishing this story and telling it how it was – The Hateful Eight

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As Martin Samuel most elqoquently put it:

“Owner investment does not kill competition: it creates more. The penny is beginning to drop over what is being attempted here.

“Wolves, having signed the original letter to CAS, are understood not to have been part of Monday’s group call. Everton and Sheffield United were always outside the conversation. Why would they lobby to wrap ambitious clubs in red tape, stunting their growth and leaving them at the mercy of predators?

“The big lie of FFP is that clubs should grow organically. Yet how is that possible if a middling organisation cannot invest further to compete, while its best players are poached? Leicester won the League and lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea that summer. Ben Chilwell is likely to travel the same route this year.

“Southampton could have been an outstanding team across the last decade, maybe another Leicester, but were denuded by Liverpool and others. FFP kills challengers.”

Ultimately, this is further evidence that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester Uited are abusing their dominant position in the domestic professional football market.

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