Boris Johnson's past own goal over Manchester United's ownership back in spotlight thanks to Super League: Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Roger Backhouse, Orchard Road, Upper Poppleton, York.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicking a football during a visit to the Hartlepool United Football Club, in Hartlepool, ahead of the May 6 by-election. Picture: Ian Forsyth/PA

It is amazing how politicians can jump on bandwagons so fast.

Boris Johnson is not noted for his interest in football but when popular opposition surfaced he quickly denounced Super League plans (Tom Richmond, The Yorkshire Post, April 24).

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There was a different story back in 2005. Then Boris Johnson wrote approvingly of Manchester United’s sale to the American Glazer brothers as “basic Conservative philosophy” even though it led to treating clubs as global commodities of interest only for their TV rights.

Just as well that politicians, like the rest of us, can change their minds.

From: Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet, Leeds.

How ironic that Gary Lineker has expressed concern about the formation of a European Super League, which will create more wealth for the chosen few, when pensioners are being threatened over non-payment of the TV licence fees which contribute to his enormous salary.

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