Football evil diagram: where does your club fit?
Let me start by saying that we at Surreal Football hate all football fans equally. Nevertheless, it is difficult to hear Manchester City fans say that Manchester United bought success “too”. Not because it isn’t true, exactly, but because the “buying” was a very different process. United earned their money – not in a lovely way or anything. City didn’t. This should be obvious but it is apparently not.
It is also difficult hear Liverpool’s debt compared to, for example, Leeds’ in the early 2000s. Whereas Leeds bought success with money they didn’t have, Liverpool had debt charged to them by profit-hunting owners – it wasn’t their fault, and it didn’t help them.
So, to help you out, we’ve done a diagram; best practice to worst.
None of it makes moral worthiness on the part of any fan acceptable. Fans either support the club regardless of these things that go on or because of them; they’re not directly involved in making them happen. Why the diagram, then? Because if you insist on doing it anyway, you should do it right.