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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.

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