The title is not a spelling mistake; I’m going to write about more than one crisis, the first being the situation at Leeds United1. The present owners agreed a deal to sell 75% of the club to Massimo Cellino but the Football League blocked it, because of his conviction by an Italian court. Cellino had been supplying some of the running costs for the club but stopped after the sale was prevented. So now the club can’t afford to pay the bills and players have agreed to defer part of their wages for March. I don’t know all the facts but believe that the Football League was right to stop Cellino’s purchase of Leeds even though that has resulted in turmoil for the club. In the long run, it could turn out for the best if Leeds is taken over by some more suitable owners.
Another crisis in the news has been the one in grassroots football2. Poor pitches with inadequate drainage were unplayable in the wet weather this year, with some leagues having to cancel over seven weeks of fixtures. Fewer and fewer people are playing football for fun; the game is dying in the country of its birth.
Also in the news was Birmingham City’s attempt to overcome their home form crisis by training at St Andrew’s3. Hope it works.