Over the past few weeks there have been some good-natured jibes launched in my direction from north of the border.
The English Premier League has everything going for it; diversity, equality, surprises, quality and money.
The EPL has become one of the richest leagues in the world, largely due to wealthy businessmen taking control of big clubs.
Just to name a few, Stan Kroenke (majority shareholder, Arsenal), Roman Abramovich (Chelsea owner) and Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City), who has a ridiculous net worth of 20 billion euros.
This change in the league hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans. Ticket prices have increased more than 40 per cent in the last decade, entire club boards have been overhauled, and once a club owner changes the whole club changes.
At almost every EPL game there is a banner or sign somewhere in the crowd with quotes such as “Share the wealth, pigs” or “Pigs run the Premier League”. It is evident that the league has entered a new era of wealth, greed and fortune.
Not only are English fans aggravated, but European fans visiting British stadiums during European competitions have shown their support to the domestic fans.
Just recently on Dortmund’s visit to Anfield, a sign was held up quoting “74 euros? Football is nothing without the fans”. Although this diverse league has the reputation of a competition of utmost quality, in recent times it has gained a reputation of being operated by pure greed.
The Independent recently conducted a study of EPL ticket prices, which found if you wished to attend a match at Stamford Bridge, the smallest ticket price was £56.
Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham and Stoke City are among the cheapest, where you’ll be paying a minimum of £23. It’s not cheap to be a hardcore Premier League fan!
What are your thoughts on Premier League greed and the rising ticket prices, Roarers?