Dear gentlemen of the football association,
dear football enthusiasts,
The 2017-2018 season is nearing its end and with that comes the realisation that not everything went as it should. In fact we would argue that a repeat of this season should, at all cost, be avoided.
Our beloved sport has an urgent need for an ethical overhaul. Perhaps acknowledging this by all involved is the first step. Looking at other sports and being open to learn from their structures and modus operandi should definitely be the second.
We gladly give a couple of propositions to show what we mean when we say ‘ethical overhaul’:
Support our referees:
- Add a Video Assistant Referee to each game who has access to any and all video shot in the stadium and thus, in a split second, can inform the referee on the pitch of certain decisions that need to be made (or reversed).
- Give each team a certain amount of “challenges” when they think a wrong decision was made by the referees.
- Show, with a delay, contested plays/calls in the stadium itself.
Support the sport:
- Each team has a captain. Let that be the only player of each team that has the right to speak to the referee during contested plays/calls.
- Celebrating a goal should only be done with your own fans.
- Periodically evaluate contested plays/calls. Make sure that all managers and referees are present.
Support the fan:
- There should be a top limit to ticket prices.
- Redesign the structure for away games. Those who are genuinely traveling to watch their team with good intentions should not have to suffer the current situation designed for those who cannot behave or have no intention to.
- Reward those fans who do behave and just want to enjoy watching their team on the road with friends of both teams.
Support the clubs:
- Reward the clubs who adhere the rules and behave as proper ambassadors for the sport with extra seating when and where possible. It might be a solution for filling up stadiums that are otherwise left half empty.
Football fans pour a rather large portion of their yearly income into their club, and thus by extension, into the sport itself. Why? Because for fans it is more than just a game. It is a way of life, being part of some larger community. Being proud of your club’s name, it’s colours and proudly proclaiming your allegiance.
So we ask you kindly to make sure that we can do the same for our sport.
A football fan