Thursday, August 07, 2008

Soccer fans launch petition to control star players' salaries...

FED-up football fans yesterday launched a campaign to slash the massive salaries paid to players.

They’ve had enough of forking out up to £1,600 on a season ticket to pay millionaire stars’ wages.

So an internet petition will be handed to politicians and football chiefs to try to force them to impose a salary cap on the players. 

Organiser Michael Hewitt, from Leeds, said the campaign was aimed at bringing wages down to a “reasonable level”

He said: “When you compare the wages of someone like Cristiano Ronaldo to the likes of Kevin Pietersen or Jonny Wilkinson, Ronaldo’s earning far more, but the others aren’t exactly going hungry. 

“We don’t have a specific figure in mind but there’s no reason why footballers’ wages can’t be brought down to something on a par with other sportsmen.

“What we disagree with is clubs imposing increases on their supporters so that they can hand unimaginable salary hikes to their millionaires.” 

Michael spoke out as research showed it would take a nurse 256 years to earn the annual wage of a top footballer.  

An army private on the front line would take 308 years to reach the level, while someone on the minimum wage would take 435 years. 

Michael, 22, launched yesterday and said the signatures had already started flooding in. 

The petition will be handed to bosses at the FA, Uefa and Fifa, and plans were being made to take it to Downing Street. 

Premier League clubs spent £1billion on wages last year. The average annual wage was calculated at £676,000 in 2006.


Sign the petition here...

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