The outgoing Chairman of the Football Association, Brian Orange, has caused a storm of outrage amongst football supporters by saying that, in the scheme of things, football doesn't really matter. "Sure, at it's best it is an enjoyable game to watch, but nowhere near as important as millions of supporters think it is," said Orange outside his Soho Square office.
"Look at the wage bill - 1 billion pounds a year just in the premiership. That's an average of 50 million pounds per club!" he said. "The supporters and Sky TV cannot keep funding this extravagance, something will have to give," he added.
We spoke to some loyal supporters for their view;
Steve Fist (Chelsea) said that if he didn't have football in his life, then life itself would be meaningless. An Arsenal fan, Alan Rottweiller, said that it had been traditional in his family to go to see The Gunners play for 4 generations. However, Paul (a Spurs fan) admitted that he could not really justify spending lots of money going to football matches, but that if he didn't, his friends would ignore him in the pub and he would become a worthless human being.