I have written frequently on here and on Twitter about the reputational challenge facing football. Racism, vile chants, violence (admittedly not at the level thankfully of the 1980s), general poor behaviour and an over-hyping of the game are undermining the sport.
Paul Hayward in today's Daily Telegraph has written what I reckon is the best, most passionate, summary of the state of the game. He is a deeply experienced journalist who has witnessed the soap opera football offers for many years. I recommend the piece which you can read here .