VSI
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Money ruining English football

Thu 1st Jul 2010 | Money & Finance

Former culture secretary Andy Burnham claimed that English football is suffering because it has become too commercial.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "I think money has poisoned our national game.

"Our game has rampant commercialism. We have put money before the sport and we are reaping the dividends of that."

His comment come as the Football Association consider the future of England manager Fabio Capello after a disastrous World Cup campaign.

"The governing body is a hung parliament and it isn't able to take a view, as the interests of the Premier League, sadly, predominate at the FA," he added.

"Since the Premier League was created we've had commercial forces running riot across our game.

"We have seen fans priced out of going to football, we have seen money going out of the top of the game and not benefiting the grass roots or the lower divisions and I think it's got to change."

With Premier League clubs recruiting from overseas - around 60% of players in England's elite league are foreign nationals - young English players have been struggling to flourish with the top clubs.

And Burnham has said that the FA must choose between either a thriving Premier League or a strong national team.

"We are paying people from all around the world to come here and hone their skills, leaving their own domestic leagues around the world free to bring on the next generation of talent, while our own players here can't get into starting line-ups," he commented.

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

Don’t forget to subscribe to F.C. Business Magazine to keep up to date with the latest comment from the football world. Click here to subscribe

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Chancellor Misses Rate-Relief Open Goal In Budget

Thu 9th Mar 2017 | Money & Finance

Rate relief for football in the community: An open goal for Government in 2017 Football clubs, large and small, will not benefit from any substantive ‘give-aways’ following the Chancellors...

Leicester City make pre-tax profit of 16.4m after winning Premier League

Thu 2nd Mar 2017 | Money & Finance

Leicester City today announced its financial results for the year ending 31 May, 2016 – a period of continued growth and unprecedented success for the Football Club. An historic, captivating...

Liverpool FC announces financial results for year to May 2016

Wed 1st Mar 2017 | Money & Finance

Liverpool FC has filed its annual accounts for the year to May 31, 2016 reporting that revenues are continuing to grow, creating further financial stability for the club. Overall revenue increased to...

Wolverhampton Wanderers Post 5m Profit

Tue 28th Feb 2017 | Money & Finance

Wolverhampton Wanderers have posted a profit of over £5m in their latest accounts. The club’s headline financial information shows a pre-tax profit of £5.831m for the year ending 31...