Liverpool's Corporate Goody Bag Shows How Premier League Has Become A Tourist Attraction
The people's game no longer belongs to the people really. Football at the top level is now about corporate boxes and who will spend the most money to show games and this latest example of it is a real shot in the arm.
There's often a perception that the Premier League is the 'best league in the world,' admittedly that usually comes from these shores, and it has something to do with the competitive nature of the top tier in England.
This season that's been far from the case with the only competition being down at the bottom with the largest collection of poor sides we've seen in a while. What is true though is that the Premier League is the world's most global league.
With high tv prices and high ticket prices though the Premier League is becoming less about the people's game and the people in the local community and more about 'tourist fans' and people sat in what Roy Keane would call the prawn sandwich seats.
The greatest example of that we can see is from a fan who posted a video of what is in the goody bags in Liverpool's corporate section and it includes a song book and more worryingly a rule book!
It's of course one thing having a pamphlet helping with songs, after all foreign fans might be fans of football but English might not be their first language so it might be tricky to know the words, that's one level of foreign fandom.
But the rule book is another level and not a great one. It's proof that far too many tickets are going to people who don't even care about the game and a trip to see it is just another tourist attraction like going to Buckingham Palace.
To be honest I'd love to see football style chants outside of Buckingham Palace, "Can you hear the Queen sing? I can't hear a fucking thing," then she pops her head out the window.
Fortunately so far Anfield isn't one of the worst for atmosphere affected by a touristy crowd but their corporate goody bags certainly aren't a good sign.