What does everyone think about the recent ‘boycott threat’ by English international footballers. Is this evidence that top level footballers have gone way beyond knowing their place? Would such a threat have even been considered in any other sport?
Let’s be clear about this. These are players who had been given the privilege of playing for their country. Yet, on the strength of a dispute involving a player who had seriously breached drug testing regulations, had threatened to go home in a huff and not play. Who do these spoilt, millionaire boys think they are? Do they pick the team? Do they have any idea of the legal complexities? Whatever happened to the principle that no-one is bigger than the team?
Regardless of Ferdinand’s intentions or mistake, he broke rules that in any other sport could easily end up in total suspension from all competition. The English FIFA have to take in seriously. If it is discovered that he purposely evaded the test, then any game he played in afterwards would be open to dispute and even jeopardise his country’s place.
But if he is completely innocent, as is probably the case, and just foolish and forgetful, it’s still not the responsibility of the players to tell the authorities what to do. Frankly, if this ridiculous threat had gone ahead, I think that none of the players should have ever been selected to play for their country again. That’s exactly what would have happened if it was at club level. They’d be out the door before they knew it.
But doesn’t even the suggestion of a boycott tell us that too many players are getting paid too much and getting too big for their boots?