The Ultras tear up Egypt. How about tearing up the autocracies that run world soccer? The cabal of insiders who determine the structure of the world's game have never been accountable to fans. Start in England -- the home of the game -- run by an organization called the Football Association (FA), a dusty club of power blazers. On Wednesday, the England coach, Fabio Capello, resigned. The reasons can be found somewhere else. Immediately, the London bookmakers make odds on his replacement. Fans pump opinions into the void. The press reasons the best choice -- should he be English? Should he know how to tweet like Wayne Rooney?
And none of it matters. The FA has a finely polished tin ear going back centuries. The politburo of blazers decide. This is the age of revolution. Cue the Stones! Cue Street Fighting Man! Is it not time for the "Soccer Spring? " FIFA is a gang. Corruption pervades, money talks, the players live in ivory towers, ticket prices keep out the poor, the servants in Downton Abbey are treated better by their masters. Let the England coach be chosen by a referendum of the fans! The coach will know he has the full backing of the democratic process. How empowering! How can he lose! The blazers won't be telling him who to pick. Accountable to the mob. Off with his head if he fails the revolution. That will keep him focused on success and not his multimillion dollar contract.
How could it be arranged? Not by government, they can't organize a bus timetable. Let the tech guardians of democracy run it. The England Manager Referendum brought to you by Google -- they have the firewalls to prevent hackers although they won't be able to stop some nasty defenders from casting a vote. That is the point! Even the players will get to cast a ballot. Equal with the fans. Finally able to come down from the tower to participate in the "Soccer Spring." Who knows where the revolution will end up!?
There must be some tech-Lenin out there who can quickly organize and spread through the viral channels the election. The look on the faces of the blazers at the FA and FIFA when they see millions of fans voting would send shock waves through the game.