An open letter to Fifa’s inspectors

Dear Fifa inspectors Welcome to the home of football! In what must be the highlight of your trip around the world to decide which country should be appointed host for the 2018 World Cup, you have arrived in England for a tour of our football venues. You have met Cleggy, the little substitute in Downing …

It’s not the players, it’s their followers

As from this week, the word “shame” is likely to be appearing with increased regularity in the national newspapers. The Premier League football season starts on Saturday, and the national team will be in action on Wednesday. Already the predictable shame-based, football-related stories are beginning to appear in the press.    This weekend the England …