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Why don't English Premier League officials tarnish the league's reputation? | Blog – Vassilis Samprakos

Why don't English Premier League officials tarnish the league's reputation?  |  Blog – Vassilis Samprakos

Vassilis Samprakos describes what would happen in England if statements like Koia's or announcements like those made by the Greek company PAE were made in relation to arbitration.

Some time ago, a good friend of mine who happened to be on the board of an English club was talking to me about an example of how the league itself, and the community of people who run football, should work to deal with player behaviour. A team owner, which was outside the bounds of English football etiquette.

The first time he committed an act deemed inappropriate, because he spoke poorly to the opposing team's officials and the referee, the 'culprit' received recommendations from his club mates, who talked to him about the unwritten rules of play. Good behavior between departments and match referees. They explained to him that such behavior could not be tolerated by English football itself, that is, the community of members who exercise management in the teams, and that if he continued this behavior, football itself would be keen to isolate him. Very quickly, football itself told him that a few complaints from management or other club officials would be enough to get him fired. They made it clear to him that no one would want to stand by him or deal with him. He has adapted.

Mind you, we're not talking about publicly defaming the league and its purity. It was his behavior, in the public eye, that disturbed everyone. It did not take a complaint from the referee or the opposing team officials for him to come to his senses. The formula was complied with and modified.

This whole story made me think about the current situation in the English Premier League. Therefore, my last time in England, while talking with my colleagues, I learned that in order to impose sanctions in cases of violations by owners or managers of teams that bring disrepute to the English Premier League, the English Premier League has a special committee that supports the work of the FA, which has the authority Make decision. This committee is called the Premier League Licensing and Sanctions Committee and it does not wait for complaints – it monitors and intervenes immediately.

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The Licensing and Sanctions Committee is made up of independent representatives and is tasked with examining cases involving potential breaches of the Premier League's Code of Conduct. Penalties can include fines, a ban from participating in various activities, or even suspension from the league, depending on the seriousness of the violation. In the event of a suspension, the suspended player may never return to playing football. never.

Current Premier League and FA regulations prohibit the publication of false, unfounded or offensive allegations regarding the integrity of matches. That is, it is forbidden to insinuate that the referee is rigged, that the league is rigged, and that the federation is controlled by a criminal organization, as you understand.

If an actor (player, coach, team owner, etc.) speaks publicly about match-fixing, hoarding, and illegal influence on the outcome of matches, the relevant bodies have investigative mechanisms and procedures to examine the facts. They call him at the same time and he provides evidence. If the accusations turn out to be unfounded, or if the agent does not provide evidence, he may be suspended from football, as stipulated in disciplinary penalties for making unfounded accusations.

In England, football does not wait for any government to sort things out. He does it all himself. He reacts at the appropriate time, to prevent defamation, as in the example I mentioned at the beginning. If he doesn't catch it, he steps in, punishes by example, and makes sure he sets an example that will serve as a deterrent to the next person who thinks about it.

What happens in England when a team official's comments are judged to incite violence or inflammatory matters? The English Football Association has a special disciplinary department that imposes penalties in cases of violations, and the decision can be made after investigation and listening to all parties concerned. Knowing that the Union is not waiting for a complaint here either in its cooperation with the League to intervene. He does so ex officio, and does so immediately. Penalties vary from a fine to deducting points and closing the team's stadium.

Ok now do we understand why there are no team announcements like the ones we read every three or so Greek PAE when the referee is unfair to them or they think it is unfair to them? Do we understand why statements like Koya's do not appear in the English Premier League? Why don't they throw skirts at the union president? Why don't they move the referee to the locker room? Why don't they threaten the rulers?

Why did the Greek Super League, in cooperation with the EPO, not establish a code of conduct and create a committee of independent members that would work to prevent situations like the ones that Greek football has witnessed for many years? Are you kidding them? Each time they make sure to expose and change the regulations to bring them to the appropriate level while ensuring that they are not punished. Every time an opponent misbehaves, they blame the state, which does not intervene to punish him. Just as they do in football, where they always throw the ball to the referee when they lose, so they do in the rest of the matches. They work with the same mentality. I care about escaping punishment, and if I find a violation by the opponent, I deal with the state that does not punish him in order to make him wiser.

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Do not think that all this is not provided for in the disciplinary law of the European Patent Office. Article 20 is entitled “Negative public judgments, insults and defamation of football authorities and

“Tools” clearly describes everything that is currently happening in Greek football in relation to PAE and its words or actions of its officials. But with what penalties? In the most “severe” case, that is, if you do this several times, by cursing and slandering everyone and everything, at most you will be banned from football for 6 months. Aren't you afraid?

The EPO manages the Disciplinary Prosecution Service to implement disciplinary proceedings

Football-related crimes, or not being fooled, are provided for in the EPO's Disciplinary Code (Article 26). If I had not read that in the disciplinary code, I would not have known that such a service existed because I had never tried it before. Here one agent can talk about criminal organizations, another throws balls on the field, a third twists the referee's genitals, another comes out and announces the referee's whereabouts, and the next day is Monday and nothing has happened. Or rather it is. Those who feel aggrieved by government interference cry out.

In England, the agent does not even think about inappropriate behavior, or “obstacle”, because he knows that before a penalty is imposed on him, he will be stigmatized by the community of those who practice management in football – he will be socially isolated. He'll be embarrassed to show up at the next soccer event.

In Greece, all trace of shame has been lost for decades. We have reached the opposite extreme. If you don't talk dirty and hang around with good people, football won't accept you. You will be ashamed to say that you are nothing but a man who believes that football is for gentlemen…