They serve the purpose of making clubs incredibly wealthy and contribute to the outrageous salaries that professional players receive, without providing any benefits to the sport itself.
I don't think we should forget that. But they are also the victims of a huge lie. The dab became a caricature of itself. An accusation of footballing bigotry leads to questions in the House about the nation's race relations. But fair enough — the papers are far more likely to report debauchery and devastation than they are visits to local hospitals.
Yet in any other business, the consumer always has a choice. The world changes and of course you have to adapt - we communicate differently to how we did 25 years ago - but there is a little bit of a risk, I think.
There is a good vibe and, of course, music is a big part of the city. No one should dream of taking his loyalty for granted.
Manchester is a very nice city because there are a lot of creative people. But however impossible, how about we try to let the players have this moment?