The Fabian Society has done a poll on what people believe differing professions should earn. From this, they conclude, that professional footballers should earn £62,000 a year.
Well what an pointless piece of research that is. My Guess, although it is part of a larger report, this fact was picked out to get the report some press coverage. however, to my mind it undermines what must be in the rest of their report.
The Fabian Society seems to ignore the fact that a professional footballer earning the best wage for only about 10 years. Very few professionals play beyond their 35th birthday, and at that point their career is over.
I won't dispute for one moment that premier league wages are obscene, and the sight of Frank Lampard demanding £135,000 a week must be sickening to those on low pay. However, telling a professional sportsman with a 10-15 year career that they will not ear enough money to sustain themselves over the length of their lifetime, when after the age of 25 the may be left with permanent injuries hardly seems just or fair, which I believed with the values the Fabian society was supposed to be all in favour of.