What with the hacking furore continuing to escalate, leading to more resignations at Scotland Yard, those at the very top of News International facing a parliamentary committee today and David Cameron still hiding in Africa for the time being, you'd think there was only room for one scandal at the moment.
However - in addition to the Daily Express doing its best to whip up its own unrelated frenzy - Channel Four's Dispatches programme tried to unearth shocking revelations about the murky world of football club ownership.
The documentary 'How to buy a football club', screened last night, claimed to shed light on the attempts of Thai entrepreneur Joe Sim and investment group London Nominees to invest in several English clubs - including Sheffield United - simultaneously. This is a clear breach of Football League rules and, quite possibly, anti-competition laws too.
Early Doors's first thought was to ask why anyone would want to run one football club, let alone multiple outfits. Surely owning one team outright and openly would be enough of a headache? Still, secret filiming by Dispatches appeared to show Sim and his cronies - including Manchester United global ambassador Bryan Robson, working as a consultant - as confident that they could do just that by setting up holding companies as fronts which would mask the true identity of the owners.
That approach was at odds with their hubristic notion that taking a League One club up into the Premier League by playing the free agent and loan markets and then selling it in for profit in three to five years would be a simple process. Do they not think that plenty of other club boards have been trying to do that for years, most of them without much success? And if they did plan on doing this with multiple clubs at the same time, would they not be reducing the chances of each of those assets progressing by making them compete against each other?
The undercover investigation showed Sim boasting of his friendship with Alex Ferguson, and how the Manchester United manager would help whichever club(s) he ended up buying by loaning him players. Ferguson, unsurprisingly, takes a different view, with his lawyers saying in a statement:
"It would be fair to say he (Ferguson) does not see their relationship in the same close way that Mr Sim appears to have represented it."
Being the most important figure in one of the biggest global brands in world sport, Ferguson has probably made the acquaintance of dozens of men like Sim all over the globe, in the course of maintaining the club's international profile in an age where it is more important than ever - and he can hardly be expected to perform a full background check on everybody who thrusts an outstretched hand in his direction.
Football League chairman Greg Clarke was forced to admit in the documentary that the organisation simply did not have the resources to fully vet every one of its member clubs to a level which might reveal skulduggery. He said: "We are a simple alliance of 72 football clubs who largely lose money. We don't have hundreds of thousands, let alone millions, to get to the bottom of these complicated organisation structures.
"There's a process of validation that lets the Football League know who the owners are. Who the owners of the owners are gets more difficult. And who the owners of the owners of the owners are gets even more difficult."
Such examinations do not seem to bother investors such as Sim. Despite his grasp of English being evidently very good, he struggled to remember the phrase 'fit and proper', relating to the test to which every new football club owner should be subjected. And why should he? After all, his compatriot, former Thai Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, sailed through those tests when he bought Manchester City in 2007. Incidentally, Dr Thaksin is now in exile from Thailand after being found guilty of corruption, but perhaps not for long. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, was elected the nation's first female PM earlier this month - her party's campaign slogan: "Thaksin thinks, we act".
That is just one of several takeovers in recent years which defied belief. There was Munto Finance's bizarre and short-lived tenure at Notts County, which led to Sven-Goran Eriksson (boss at Man City during Shinawatra's one-year tenure) and Sol Campbell temporarily rocking up at Meadow Lane. There was the conveyor belt of characters who passed the ownership of Portsmouth around like a baton, leading to the 2008 FA Cup winners' relegation just two years later. There was the failure of Leeds to reveal who was ultimately in control of their club, which ended with Ken Bates reluctantly taking on a majority stake in the club in an attempt to end the speculation. Even those just entering the Football League are hardly crystal clear, with lingering doubts over the source of Crawley Town's money set to garner more attention following their promotion to League Two.
Of course, every club owner has a right to stay away from the day-to-day running of the club, or pull the strings from abroad, but fans and the authorities must at least know their identities and be confident that due diligence has been conducted. As it stands, it is all too easy for the most untrustworthy individuals to publicly grab their piece of the football pie, never mind indulge in untoward activities behind the scenes.
But by far the most shocking thing about the documentary was that the characters and events contained within were not shocking at all. There may have been little in the way of incriminating evidence - there was nothing illegal, just talk - but it was still a captivating insight into the way the modern game works on such a level.
Any illusions that football was essentially a clean sport were thoroughly dispelled by the FIFA bribery scandal, which is still ongoing, and no doubt many of you will have imagined machinations such as those uncovered by Dispatches when it comes to the grubby world of football business. But the film still works as a stark warning to any supporter clamouring for the next sugar daddy to come along and snap up their club.
If a previously unknown investor pops up at your club amid a liberal sprinkling of the usual platitudes about investing in player, five-year plans and the like, don't be so quick to celebrate if they are handed the keys.
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