A little footballing rant

Whenever I see Wayne Rooney’s balding head on television I often think to myself ‘why the long face?’ and I prevent myself from the temptation of cracking the joke. No, it seems this footballer who is on mega bucks has always got a strop on, flicking the Vs at the fans who help pay his wages. If I was being paid over £200,000 per week to kick a leather football around grass, I would put up with the stick and get on with it.

You see, Wayne, they’re called the opposing team; you know, the supporters of the team you try and score against. And with that comes people who think you’re a complete muppet and will try their hardest to annoy the Shrekness out of your bones. And Wayne, even when you’re resting from being pushed over and blaming a swollen ankle so you can watch Loose Women while your WAG shops for another handbag, you’re getting paid!

My argument is two-fold: number one, cap wages; number two, why get paid when you’re not working? Traditionally footballers work throughout the season, and prepare for the season following several weeks’ well-earned rest. If I didn’t perform at work, I wouldn’t get paid. If I stuck the Vs up to my boss, I would get fired. If I cried like a baby on the floor, I’d be told to get up or leave. If I had to take time off, I’d get paid a particular percentage but certainly not multiples of thousands per week.

I think footballers should be capped for weekend games throughout the season but then be inspired by incentives to win major trophies and competitions. The Americans have done this, so why haven’t we? Recently demands by footballers have spiralled out of control, and it amazes me how clubs still fork out these wages despite having some of the highest debts in the sporting world. Of course, you need to keep your wives in high heels, expensive handbags and loveable miniature poodles, but why not cut back and settle for a normal salary?

What makes footballers different to any other person? A doctor saves lives and earns less, a barrister defends clients for the purpose of the criminal prosecution service, nurses are underpaid and do an enormous job, and teachers make a huge difference to people’s lives. Okay, it’s part commercialisation and sponsorship, but footballers are no better than any other person.

I take a dislike to MPs more than footballers, and I do respect them for providing our world with a quality sporting game. But when England mess up at the World Cup, should we deduct their wages? When Rooney fails to score, should we penalise him? Yes, if you can handle the strops and sulks, and the foul-mouthed abuse some of these players seem to give on national television.

The majority are respectable, well-liked, hard-working individuals fulfilling childhood dreams, and we cannot appear too jealous of their achievements in life. On the other hand, shoot the bankers in the foot, scrub clean the MPs and then try and persuade footballers to chip in – even if they donate frequently to charity, I’m sure that leather handbag will still be on sale next week.

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About Cuts, News and Views

The site’s author is a student at the Birmingham School of Media and a journalist for both Birmingham Budget Cuts and Sony Music Entertainment. He is a PR consultant as well as having worked for the BBC. The author also contributes on a freelance basis to The Times and The Guardian. Dean Hill is a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Posted on May 14, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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