The FA’s Blatant Favouritsm Of Manchester United Over Palace Stinks

0 Posted by - May 29, 2018 - News

Yesterday saw the FA’s plans for the restructuring of the women’s football pyramid made public, with Crystal Palace left out in the cold at the expense of Manchester United, despite the latter having never kicked a ball in a competitive fixture.

Ahead of the new campaign, Crystal Palace had hoped to take part in the newly re-worked second tier of the women’s game but have been informed that they will not be granted a place, despite finishing third in their division last season. With both West Ham and Lewes finishing below the Eagles and winning places in the Super League and Championship respectively, representatives of Palace Ladies have every right to be peeved but it is the inclusion of Manchester United which truly calls the process into question for many.

It may surprise many given their stature on the global stage but until March of 2018, United didn’t even have a women’s team. Fast forward two months and the Reds have now been given a place in the second tier of the game at Palace’s expense; a decision which highlights the uphill battle clubs like ours are fighting against the superpowers of the English game on all fronts.

For all the hard work that has been put in by those behind the scenes at Palace Ladies to be ignored in favour of a group who weren’t even an official entity three months ago stinks to high heaven. Put quite simply, the impartiality of the FA must be called into question when discussing the matter, given the haste with which they’ve ditched Palace in favour of the more easily recognisable brand.

If years of hard graft can be so easily overlooked by those officiating the game as a simple consequence of Manchester United suddenly deciding they fancy a kickabout, it leaves many wondering if the FA’s loyalties do indeed align with the Reds on other issues too. Some of you may not be too bothered one way or another but for me, this is a matter which deserves to be exposed as blatant favouritsm from the body who are expected to uphold the moral integrity of the game across the country.

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  • Pete Burch May 29, 2018 - 6:46 am Reply

    “Stinks to high heaven”.

    Never have you written a truer phrase Hoppo.

    It makes a mockery of everything that the Palace Ladies have striven for.

    Corporate greed has reached epidemic and psychopathic proportions and this just epitomises everything that is wrong with the structure of… well… Just about everything in the modern world.

    The worst expletives you can imagine can’t possibly do justice to this total travesty.

  • darren corlett May 29, 2018 - 7:36 am Reply

    As Utd fan with young daughters who play and love womens football(we followed theEngland team through Holland last year) I am delighted to have a Utd womens team at last. I don’t think it is fair that palace lose out if it is to do with branding and suspect it is probably more to do with money.
    I do however think the womens game at the moment is free of all the egos , wages and rolling about on the floor that spoils the mens game, so please dont blame man utd though I’m sure they have played their part and lets not blame the players themselves.
    I don’t know why a couple more teams were not allowed We as fans need to support them by going to more games , keeping politics out of it and as football used to be many years ago keep it as it is nowa suitable family day out

    • admin May 29, 2018 - 7:46 am Reply

      I understand where you’re coming from Darren but if United’s team had been striving to succeed like Palace Ladies have for the last few years you’d be fuming too, no doubt.

  • Gordon May 29, 2018 - 8:38 am Reply

    Agree this really stinks. Has the FA published their selection criteria?

  • Nathan Taylor-Warnock May 29, 2018 - 8:59 am Reply

    As per usual the FA bends over backwards for Manchester United and Palace Ladies get the short straw.
    United’s ladies side should work their way up from the bottom just like CPLFC.

  • Jimmy May 29, 2018 - 10:39 am Reply

    My only surprise by all of this is – how anyone can be surprised by the “Fairness” and “Non Bias” of the FA and other bodies.
    Seen this type of “Fairness” before – with Liverpool being Reinstated in Europe ahead of Palace.

  • richard down May 30, 2018 - 7:29 pm Reply

    How do Lewes get in there by the way. Surely Palaces profile is bigger than theirs, no disrespect

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