A petition, which calls on the government to impose a 5% levy on the Premier League’s broadcasting rights back into grassroots, has received hundreds of signatures.
It comes following reports which states that all 20 Premier League clubs were asked by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck for a £250,000 contribution towards departing executive chairman Richard Scudamore’s £5m farewell gift.
At least five clubs, including Wolves and Fulham, are said to have opposed giving their share to the parting gift. Cardiff are one club that have been named happy to pay it.
Since those reports came out however, football fans took to social media to express their outrage, suggesting to money should go to grassroots level.
Even Stan Collymore tweeted, which has gone on to be ‘liked’ 35,000 times…
When Premier League clubs, your clubs, our clubs, wouldn’t consider for a moment giving £250k towards grassroots football, but would to a man earning £2.5m a year..
You know the game is gone.
An absolute fucking liberty and disgrace.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) November 13, 2018
Now angry fans have turned to an online petition…
The petition description reads: We call on Government to impose a 5% levy on The Premier League’s £8.3bn combined revenue from UK and international TV deal for 2016-2019 to be reinvested back into Grassroots football.
Cuts by government to local councils are having a huge impact on Grassroots football across the country with most authorities not able to fund grassroots football anymore while the Premier League clubs have just spent £1.4bn in this summers transfer window.
As many Grassroots clubs and teams struggle to survive in these difficult times with ever increasing fees and a lack of affordable facilities both indoor and out, we call on government to impose a 5% levy so that the £billions at the top of the tree reach the roots, the starting place for every football player.
If you want to sign the petition, the you can do so by clicking HERE.
Following the story came out on the £5m farewell gift for Richard Scudamore, plenty of fans took to voice their outrage, with many suggesting what should be done with the money instead – take a look at those tweets on the next page.
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