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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, May 16, 2005
    'Points for Results' scandal
    Observers please take note. Those four shaded places at the top of the league table indicate the teams who got the most points and therefore are eligible for the Champions League.

    Those points were awarded for winning and drawing games in the Premiership. Whether that's fair or not, for the time being at least that's how the powers that be have chosen to allocate them. In future the FA may change those rules and award bonuses to teams who offer good homes to the likes of Nicky Butt and Mark Viduka. There's even talk about giving a head start to the side with the most excuses, e.g. 'If it wasn't for our injuries we would have won everything, no one else had any you know. All the other teams spent eighteen trillion pounds on players and we only spent 74 pence on the man who is redefining world class. Sometimes.' Or even, 'Our success in Europe meant that we got battered at Crystal Palace.'

    Until UEFA take a good look at these inequities though, we all have to grit our teeth and just accept the current situation and the fact that Everton Football Club have shamelessly taken advantage of this 'points for results' loophole and finished above all but three teams in the top division in a move that was quite clearly against the spirit of the competition.

    - FROM When Skies are Grey today. (Thanks Mark)