Neymar’s record breaking move from Barcelona to PSG has prompted a host of football fans to question where the game is going.
At professional level some suggest the influx of mad money has washed away all sanity and some of the games core values.
For some the love of the game, loyally, the fans and more are no longer factors in the pro end of the game.
The aforementioned seems to make the amateur game more attractive to some. The grass roots beauty of players competing for pride, their area or just because they love nothing more than to take of the pitch seems a big selling point. Indeed that approach has some rejoicing the wholesome nature of all things non pro in Ireland.
However, LFA President and NEFL Secretary Gerry Gorman feels there are some major issues that need to be addressed.
The fact last seasons Leinster Junior Cup semi finalists were forced to withdraw their Senior side from the top NEFL league prompted Gorman to call for more loyalty.
Gorman criticised clubs for targeting players in a bid to boost their profile and called for players to show more loyalty to clubs.
The regular movement of players he feels his harming the game and is the foundation to the AUL’s recent problems, the fact the Wicklow League and LFL had to join forces and Navan Cosmos summer issues.
Goramn released the following statement to Herald Striker and it should spark some debate among the grassroots family.