Celtic FC Says No to Foreign Takeovers

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IOctober 21, 2008

In the Premier League, we have witnessed the takeover of English clubs by foreign investors. We have been witness to the Glazer Family piling debt as well as making many people in Manchester United feel like second class citizens in a foreign style invasion of an English institution.


Similar unrest was seen at Manchester City. Former Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, treated the club like a personal fiefdom and fired Sven Goran Eriksson after mistreating him.


Teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Vila, Portsmouth, and Fulham are under the ownership of foreign billionaires who know nothing about football but know the colour of money.


While all appears lost, it is refreshing to see that not all clubs of the Premiership League and the SPL see foreign takeover of British Clubs as a panacea for the problems facing it. Celtic Football Club is one of the clubs saying "No" to foreign billionaires.


I am content with the position of John Reid (Chairman of Celtic Football Club) and Dermot Desmond (Shareholder of the Celtic Football Club). They have stated that under no condition will they allow Celtic FC to be taken over by a foreign buyer whose interest is solely money.


Reid and Desmond reiterated their position during an interview with BBC Five Live, and they should be congratulated for their decision to help protect what is one of the patrimonies of Scotland.


It is hoped that the decision by Celtic will start a domino effect among the teams in the SPL and the Premiership League. MUST is one organization that is trying to free Manchester United from the Glazers and attempting to be the sole owners, with football supporters forming the majority.


It would not be surprising if there are people in Manchester City who are angry with the arbitrary decisions of Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. It is also not surprising that there are people in Chelsea who are angry with Abramovich over the way he treated Mourinho.


The supporters of Liverpool, Portsmouth, and Fulham must be thinking the same thing about freedom for their clubs from billionaires.


I challenge MUST to continue its struggle against Glazer. I challenge the rest of the supporters in the English Premiership, whose teams have billionaire owners, to take matters into their own hands legally and attempt to organize groups such as the ones that exist with MUST.


The purpose would be to buy back the teams so that the supporters can be owners of their team. Even the scenario of My Football is a good one since the owners are the football supporters. Scarborough Athletic FC is another example of fans owning their club.