Self-righteous morality is usually sickening, but when it’s backed by financial self-interest, it has to be spat on, stamped on and burnt on the stake.
I have no doubt that Wigan, Sheffield United, Charlton and Fulham have the right to question the Premier League’s decision to not deduct points from West Ham.
However, considering their demands (reinstating points + points deduction) and their motivations (Charlton and Wigan will be relegated if they lose their final set of matches and Sheffield United could be relegated if they lose AND West Ham get at least a point), you have to stop and reconsider:
Should we let vindictive, selfish clubs incapable of securing top-flight status on their own manipulate the press and harass a rival club (whose players and fans are innocent of any wrong-doing)?
In a nutshell, the gang of four (who, by trying to include Boro and Watford in their ranks form 1/3rd of the Premiership – the bottom 1/3rd, that is) want to punish West Ham fans with relegation because the club’s previous owners made a mistake out of desperation and the amazing offer in front of them.
Not only that, they are threatening to sue West Ham and drag them through mud and court, further damaging the club and hurting the fans. Acceptable casualties, of course.
Because Wigan couldn’t win it on their own, and now need a win at Sheffield United to help them stay afloat.
Because Fulham made blunders after blunders and have to thank Benitez for resting his Liverpool players for their win that virtually assures them of staying in the Premiership (unless Charlton win their next two games by large goal margins and West Ham and Sheffield United win as well AND Fulham lose).
Because Sheffield United, for all their pluck, couldn’t pull away when they really needed to and have to beat Wigan, relegation rivals, on the last day. Of course, doing that will probably help West Ham stay up.
Because Charlton had no clue what to do all season and have a virtually impossible task to survive, starting from tonight’s match against Tottenham.
It’s a shame that these clubs are going after West Ham and asking for their points to be reinstated.
Get your act together, and try to win your own games. Don’t blame Tevez and West Ham if you lose 3-0 at home, or can’t beat relegated Watford at home.
And for the record, yes, West Ham’s deal with MSI deserves a stronger rebuke than just a monetary fine.