When Europe is in an economic crisis, how are these top football clubs able to afford the transfer fees that have been discussed this transfer window? And is it ethical for the players to demand so much in wages when the population of these countries lie in poverty?
The transfer window of the 2013/14 season has seen over £550 million spent on players, including the record-breaking transfer fee for Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid that was reported at €100 million - that money does not account for how much these players are getting per week in wages.
For fans of the sport that want to have the best players playing for their club, it does seem a bit ironic. As sports fans we want to see the best players and we pay good money to go see them play, but I earn, if I am lucky, about a week's wages of the top players in a year.
As a young adult I am lucky to have a job and earn a living but I often think about the ethics of football and if they, as celebrities earning millions per year, actually give anything to society.
The Bale transfer has seen €100 million plus his salary spent on one player, yet in Spain this past year it has been calculated by the European Statistics Board that over 4.9 million people are unemployed and of that, 56% are under that age of 25. When the average salary is €19,000 on average, how can one person earn ten times more in a week?
The same situation is happening in the UK where unemployment and especially youth unemployment are increasing, yet those that earn the average salary is £26,000 - it seems unethical that those people should spend their income to pay for players to earn multiple times more per week than a person can earn in a day.
As a football fan that loves to see new top players come to my favourite club or league, I have to think about the ethics of economic structure of the sport. In many aspects, the Major League Soccer has it correct, despite the poor skill in comparison with the top European leagues - the MLS has been able to structure the league based on Financial Fair Play and a structured salary cap.
The UEFA Financial Fair Play rules have been shown to be useless and not enforced. In light of the transfers this season and how much players are getting paid in a time of economic downtown and mass unemployment, it might be time for football to get its act together and start contributing to the local and global communities by getting in touch with reality and start paying and acting ethically for the fans.
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