CRICKET: Courts, Cash and Continental Competition ; Sport-by-Sport Guide to 1995: England Awaits the European Football Inva Sion as Rugby Union's World Cup Takes Over
Moore, Glenn, The Independent (London, England)
There are no international championships next year but there will still be plenty of important fixtures for football. The only problem is most of them will be played out in courtrooms and boardrooms.
The first results are expected to be from Dennis Wise's and Duncan Ferguson's court appearances on assault charges. Then come the more complicated allegations of bribery, corruption and financial impropriety against Bruce Grobbelaar, George Graham and Terry Venables, respectively. As a sideline expect regular updates on Paul Merson's battle with his drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.
Meanwhile, in club boardrooms chairmen will be plotting to create a second division of the Premiership coupled with the alarming threat that it will be a closed competition thus denying half the country's professional clubs their dreams. This would increase a concentration of wealth that has reached the stage where Manchester United can charge pounds 2 just for their superstore catalogue.
So far, so bad, but there is every hope that the game will be rescued by the quality and passion of its football. The domestic championship may appear to be building towards a straight fight between United and Blackburn Rovers but there could be as many as five teams involved all of whom play attractively.
On a wider front Arsenal, though less inviting to watch, look well equipped to maintain their defence of the European Cup- Winners' Cup, which has reached the last eight. Chelsea also feature in the competition though British interest in the Continent's premier trophy, the …
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