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Life President
Oct 12, 2014
Some of you may have read about the £800m bid for Liverpool from the Chinese. I know we are now used to our big clubs being owned and run by various James Bond baddie types, but what makes this one different is that it is state sponsored with government money.

After reading an article in yesterdays press, I've come to the conclusion that China want to be the big player now the game has truly gone global. They have drawn up a 50 point plan and are already paying EPL wages in the Chinese Super League. They are moving fast and have already invested in English and other European clubs.

They have come up with a system where private companies buy and run the club but are backed up with state money. It has been described as state driven capitalism. For example an electronics company called Suning have bought a 70% share in Inter Milan another group are buying AC Milan for around £650m.

Other clubs with Chinese investment include Roma and Atletico Madrid. Whilst here in England they have bought WBA, Villa and Wolves and are in talks to buy Hull.

If the buy Liverpool they could make them the richest club in the PL. Which sounds wonderful for the bin dippers but what will be the long term effects on our game.

What if the big names of football become a global brand playing Football around the world. Clubs at our level are worried about B teams coming in to our lower leagues, some of you are convinced this could never happen. If the Chinese buy up at the rate they are, then they will decide our future.

Don't think it could happen? Well in Spain Barcelona and R Madrid take 60% of the TV money, so the rest of the Spanish clubs share just 40%. That way the two Spanish bullies maintain their dominance in their league and what they want they get.

If we have a situation where the Chinese could form a pact and condemn us smaller clubs to any measures they see fit. No promotion, no TV money etc.

What are your thoughts ? .........

PS.....No need to mention PB in this thread