By David Walsh BBC NewsEnglish football has been under the microscope for the last few weeks, as the league was rocked by the death of one of its stars, Theo Walcott.
It was a painful moment for the game and a real dog’s tale for fans and fans alike.
For those of us who have been following the game for many years, there is no question that the game is being brought into disrepute.
There are many who feel that the way the sport is played has gone astray, that its focus is too narrow, that it’s too “sports-centric”.
In the world of football, this is exactly what we’re seeing now.
We see clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, which are so popular that fans are willing to pay for their tickets, which have fans who don’t necessarily pay their players.
And clubs like Barcelona, where the players are paid in the millions, and Barcelona are not even considered a club by the Spanish government.
In the English Premier League (EPL), which has had some success in recent years, we see clubs such as Everton, who are owned by Chinese businessman Li Ka-shing, who has a history of being accused of corruption.
He has been accused of embezzlement, bribery, tax evasion and tax evasion.
A lot of people are questioning the economic viability of English football, because the leagues revenues have been cut in half over the last five years, according to Football Federation England (FFE), which regulates English football.
In recent years there has been a concerted push by the English clubs to attract foreign talent and build their academies, and that’s how they’ve seen some of their best players leave.
The English Premier league (EPSL) has also had its own scandals in recent seasons, including allegations that it failed to protect its players and that it gave a disproportionate amount of money to English clubs.
The last few days have been particularly painful for the English football fans, who were left in a state of disbelief when Walcott died.
Theres an absolute belief that the FA and English football have gone so far astray in the last 10 years, and so many people are still struggling to grasp how it all happened, and how it is going to be a big challenge to get back on track, given that the football industry in the UK has seen a lot of money disappear from it.
The first reaction that people have to the death is to say, ‘Well, it must be the flu, it seems to be something in his lung’.
It’s the second reaction that the players and the fans have to this is the belief that he died from a heart attack.
What do we do about this?
Well, if you look at the last three years, you can see that English football has seen its share of controversies and scandals.
The FA have been in crisis since the death in 2016 of former FA chief executive Martin Glenn, who had been suspended over the death and suicide of former England striker Ian Wright.
It is now widely believed that Glenn may have committed suicide, although his family has denied that and have denied it publicly.
In the last week, Glenn has been linked to a number of deaths.
In 2018, the English FA was fined £1.2m by the Professional Footballers’ Association for failing to deal with an “abuse of power” at the end of the 2018-19 season, which saw Liverpool win the league title.
It has also been claimed that the league’s governing body was aware of the death, and had been preparing a report to be sent to the FA.
And then there is the matter of the players.
There have been calls for the FA to take a stand against the football clubs’ actions and the way they have handled the death.
The Professional Football Association Players’ Association (PFAPA) said that they would not accept the FA’s recommendation, which was for the club to make the player’s immediate family members pay for the funeral.
“The PFAPA will not accept that FA has a duty to take action on this,” the PFA said.
The PFFA also said that there was a lack of transparency and the lack of respect for the players’ wishes.
In July, a petition was launched to ban English football from being used in the United States for a year.
The petitioners, including former England captain John Terry, claimed that it was “racist” for English football to be used to promote the US.
The petition said that the US has “failed to treat England like it does any other country in the world” and “has turned away British fans who have spent their lives there”.
The petition was backed by former England manager Roy Hodgson, who said that he was against the use of the game in the US and would not play in the league.
So why do the players have to suffer?
Many people believe that English clubs are not only failing to provide the best possible training