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Eamon Dunphy: “I am getting increasingly sour in my attitude towards the Premier League"

Ger Kevillle

Published 05/10/2015 | 22:20

Fans protest at ticket prices at the Emirates ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United
Fans protest at ticket prices at the Emirates ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United

Eamon Dunphy has admitted he is getting increasingly “sour” in his attitude towards the Premier League.

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The outspoken pundit also suggested the world game is being run by “spivs” while he also targeted Premier League chiefs, highlighting the fact that genuine fans are being forced to cough up extra for tickets every year, despite the huge influx of TV money.

Dunphy also hit out at the current crop of Premier League managers and the “cheating” culture that has engulfed the British game.

“You have to be foreign (to be a Premier League manager) for as start, you have no English managers now,” said Dunphy on tonight’s Game On on 2FM.

“They (managers) are like guys out of a Soap Opera. To generalise you could say that cheating on the pitch is endemic.

“Look at rugby, it’s impeccable. Every decision is the right decision because they have the TMO. Off the pitch, the spivery. Look at FIFA, look at UEFA. Platini, $2million, he is under investigation.

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“And all the time the ticket prices are going up and the other thing that is going up is the television money. They should use the television money to lower ticket prices to allow people into games. West Brom increased their ticket prices this year, West Brom!”

Dunphy also cited the behaviour of people like Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the reason he is falling out of love with the British game.

“I am getting increasingly sour in my attitude towards the Premier League,” added Dunphy.

“It’s because of bad behaviour of people like Mourinho. Not just Mourinho, Ferguson was shocking when he was manager of Manchester United.

“The bad behaviour of players on the pitch, the cheating. The one thing that stands out, the Chelsea match is a good example at the weekend, Southampton should have had two penalties.

“Every time you watch a soccer match you see a vital incident and it’s a game changer, they won’t use video evidence. Every other sport in the world (does) but because this man Platini doesn’t want it to happen, it can’t happen.

“It’s a badly run sport and a lot of the people in it are spivs.”

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