Richard Scudamore: Manchester United are not allowed to play promoted sides in 2009-2010 season onwards
Richard Scudamore, Barclays Premier League Chief Executive, said, “ in view of the dominance of Manchester United over the past 3 seasons, we feel that they must give a handicap to the other teams so that the others will have a chance to vie for the league title. We cannot risk the re-occurrence of the football hooligan culture of the yesterdays if the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea cannot win the title for extended period of time. Also, we are considering banning United from the League and FA Cups competition to avoid a clean sweep by them.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s manager, understandably was not impressed. “Bollocks! Bollocks! When Chelsea seemed unbeatable 3 or 4 seasons ago with the terrific financial backings, we worked hard and manage to overcome them. Fair competition promotes better performance.”
It is understood that the proposal is still under consideration.
The above was entirely fictional and the more I read it, the more stupid it seems. This can’t be happening in the real world, can it?
Friday May 22, 2009
Govt likely to put cap on number of papers taken for fairer PSD selection
PUTRAJAYA: Students sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination may not be allowed to take as many subjects as they like in future.
This is to put an end to claims on unfairness in the award of Public Service Department scholarships.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that, as things stood now, students in government schools had no limit on the number of subjects they could take, meaning that those from other schools, like fully residential ones, were “disadvantaged”.
I rest my case. NEP has the inevitable opportunity cost of arresting progress of the best and brightest hence resulted in significant brain drain in the past. While NEP has its merit, there must be a sell by date for everything.