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The Premier League – Time for a wage cap?

I write to you today on the back of one of the most ludicrous transfer sagas in the history of the Premier League and indeed professional football itself. Wayne Rooney – last week not satisfied with a meagre £90,000 a week throws his proverbial dummy out the pram, causes one big kafuffle and almost gets himself killed by a mob of United fans all for the sake of adding to his needlessly vast amount of worth.

I write to you today on the back of one of the most ludicrous transfer sagas in the history of the Premier League and indeed professional football itself. Wayne Rooney – last week not satisfied with a meagre £90,000 a week throws his proverbial dummy out the pram, causes one big kafuffle and almost gets himself killed by a mob of United fans all for the sake of adding to his needlessly vast amount of worth.

Only £90,000?! He asks? Our hearts bleed for him I’m sure. Whilst working class folk up and down the country are struggling to afford their next meal let alone a place to live, you Wayne play the victim in this twisted football soap opera and openly insult not only your team-mates but the whole country in your outburst.

This rant isn’t reserved for just Wayne himself however and more the cretins in the FA headquarters who have let this sorry state of affairs continue.  Just thirty minutes before writing this entry I check my emails and find a message concerning my small-time football video site liquidfootball.co.uk. ‘Due to copyright infringement of the Premier League we ask you to take down all audio visual content immediately’ it read, or words to that effect anyway. I feel physically sick right now. Premier League football clubs can afford to pay people in which we have to admit (no matter how much we love the game) just kick a ball for a living. Whilst much less well-off people such as students like me for example hoping to use their love of football to generate some extra cash in these tough financial times are ordered to remove a few poxy football videos from a site that barely attracts more than twenty visitors a day anyway. My site Liquid Football which provides Premier League highlights from 3rd party sites is apparently an urgent concern to the FA who wish to remove it ASAP because God forbid people go and watch highlights on my site instead of watching them later on the BBC of which the vast majority have a TV license for anyway.

So, what the hell is the problem? This cannot go on. People cannot be paying an excess of £50 a week and all the expenses that come with it to watch their beloved football club play whilst their players take home vast pay packets. Something needs to be done. Surely after all this pandemonium it’s about time we see a wage cap in English football? If we were to cap all English football wages at £20,000 a week, I think it would be of huge benefit to the game. Who cares if the change sees the departure of a few egotistical, greedy footballers who move abroad in search of more money? The benefits we will see as a result will more than counteract the loss of better players.

All of a sudden the Premier League will be English again. Its not that we as fans haven’t enjoyed the influx of foreign players who have lit up the Premier League in recent years (Zola, Cantona and Ronaldo come to mind) but its fair to say we’ve probably gone too much in the other direction.

The race for the Premier League title has become excruciatingly boring recently and a wage cap would mean clubs like Manchester City with rich sheiks will no longer be able to buy the league; it will all of a sudden become competitive again with a number of clubs in the running to be Premier League champions. And what’s more, the quality of young English players will improve astronomically which will work wonders for our national team. Last but not least, the idea of a club being in debt or crumbling into liquidation will be a thing of the past. Clubs will be united as one and fans will finally see their players play for the love of the game once again, not the huge pay packet that comes with it. And £20,000 a week, its worth noting, is not exactly a paltry sum by any stretch of the imagination! Top players will still be able to live the comfortable lifestyle they are used to without the financial destruction that others have to suffer because of it.

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