So what’s to be done about English football then? John Barnes, speaking to The Guardian , has an idea:

The best football teams are socialist in nature. They play for each other, and individual brilliance is often subservient to the common good. Even the language of team sport is socialist – solidarity, unite, goal, come together. Why do you think the word United is so beloved by football people that 15 clubs in England’s top four division divisions have it in their title?

Seems a bit far fetched to me when players are on a hundred grand a week. But what do you think?