Thursday, September 07, 2006


Surabaya again...

So once again Surabaya officials have to avel to Jakarta to answer for the lunatic fringe among their support. Realistically what sanction can they expect?

A fine? Points deduction? Stripped of thir Championship and kept in the First Division?

Money is like water for football clubs, always around, easy come, easy go. A desultory fine is nowt but a slap on the wrist and ineffectual. Deducting points is much more fun and hurts the club far more than a few bob. Football clubs crave status, Juventus laughed off the fine they got for match fixing but shat house bricks at the relegation and points handicap.

Maybe relegating Surabaya and docking them points. These guys are serial offenders and need a kick in the balls. But there is the wider issue of crowd misbehaviour. Who is responsible, the clubs, the league or the police?


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