There is breaking news that Chelsea have been banned for a period of 16 months from making any transfers for "inducing" Gael Kakuta into breaching his contract with Les Mans.
Really? What Chelsea did was illegal? Compared to what Real Madrid and Manchester City have been doing for the past year or so are that much better?
This comes hot off the heels of Eduardo's diving ban, does that mean Liverpool and Manchester United are next for kneecappings by the international community?
Usually, I do not write articles about this, they are usually emotionless evaluation of tactics and formations, but this is just insanity. A 16-month ban under questionable "induction of contract breaching."
Tell me, is it any worse than what Real Madrid did to get Ronaldo for the past year? Or Manchester City to get Lescott (and their failure to acquire Terry)?
The fact that two rather harsh bans in the span of a week for minor offences comes against English clubs reeks of unfairness and targeting. What Chelsea does to get players sometimes is not the most gleaming way to do business, but they are vastly improved in this practice of the past several years.
Furthermore, I think all of the Big Four in England conduct their transfers with less underhandedness than multiple other clubs around Europe, yet they seem to be in the cross hairs of UEFA and FIFA.
While it is easy to dispute whether or not the EPL is the best league in the world, it has generated huge amounts of revenue and press for the sport and have made the biggest inroads in places like Asia and America; two of the largest markets in the world I might add.
Whether or not this holds up under a blitz of appeals is debatable, and maybe it is karma for the Adrian Mutu fine (also insanity I might add), but when you tell a club players can leave it and get injured playing for it but that it cannot get any players in return, it is simple insanity.