The three biggest sides in the Eredivisie have taken an unprecedented step to help preserve and develop the game in Holland.
Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord have agreed to donate 10% of their European earnings to the rest of the league. Ajax and PSV are both in the Champions League and Feyenoord are in the Europa League.
It’s a rare sign of financial solidarity in a footballing world where greed seems to rule supreme. But don’t expect it to happen in Scotland anytime soon.
And it’s not just about money either.
Scottish clubs perpetually at war
If the madness surrounding the Betfred Cup Semi Finals proves anything, it’s that all the clubs involved are really out for themselves.
Comparing it to this move from the Dutch might show our game up as shallow. We are a similar sized nation, our league is being dwarfed by the continent and down south, and clubs could use the boost.
But there’s some really bitter history here. From Rangers and everything of the last decade, to Celtic’s desperation to run the show, to the century plus of religious and political rivalry. If Aberdeen ever made it to Europe, I don’t think they’d want to give up any cash either.
There’s a lot of bad blood in Scotland. Would Rangers fans ever support donating money to the clubs which sent them to the bottom league?
The clubs can’t even agree on where to play two semi-finals.
Scottish football isn’t ready for such a progressive idea.
Benefits huge for Holland
It’s great news for the smaller clubs in the Eredivisie. It allows them to compete at a higher level financially and will be a welcome boost.
Champions League teams get £20m for qualifying. Holland has two in it. The money from the Europa League isn’t to be sniffed at either.
More than just the club teams, it also benefits the national team. The Dutch side have failed to qualify for the last two tournaments. For an iconic footballing nation, that’s not good enough. This helps investment in young players and academies.
It’s a creative move by the Dutch but it is just not feasible in Scotland.