Posted by sean on November 15, 2018 at 11:05 pm in Football with No Comments

I had to check my calendar, to ensure we were indeed in mid-November and it wasn’t 1st April, when I read the news that head of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, was leaving his job.

It wasn’t his resignation that stunned me (I couldn’t care less what the man does). The reason for my astonishment was the fact he was being given a leaving present of five million pounds!

The fact that every Premier League club has been asked to donate £250,000 each, towards his leaving pressie, doesn’t bother me. What has wound me up is that why does he need £5,000,000 in the first place?

What’s wrong with a gift you would give to an office co-worker? A £20 Amazon voucher, for example. Or maybe a nice bottle of wine from M&S. They could even get Eden Hazard to present the gift to Old Dickie.

It’s not that I feel sorry for the clubs being asked to each contribute the cost of a 3 bedroom house. Afterall, £250,000 is literally small change for clubs, who can earn £100million, just for being relegated! My problem is that there is such a vast wealth divide in football, and this gross example of overindulgence, by one of the world’s largest and richest football governing bodies, is simply obscene.

Those in favour of his gift (are there any, besides Richard and his wife?), argue that he has earnt the clubs so much money, he deserves the present. What rubbish. He was just doing his job. What about doctors and nurses, who save lives every day – something no doubt more important than raising money, for the already filthy rich. Afterall, if you’re dead, your money means nothing. When these health professionals leave their job, will they be given £50,000? This amount being approximately twice their annual salary, which is what Mr. Scudamore is set to receive. Of course not – and I’m not suggesting that they should.

Here’s my idea… every Premier League club still donates £250,000 each and helps to raise £5,000,000. A leaving party, along with a lovely, but modest, gift is given to Mr Scudamore, leaving £4,999,500 to be given to lower league clubs and charities.

Maybe Richard Scudamore reads Sean’s Stories. If so, I challenge him to do something good with his leaving gift. Of course, keep £500 for the party, but give the rest of the cash to non-league and charities… Bath City FC and Bath Bunny Rescue (hint, hint). While you’re at it, Rich, if you can ensure Leeds United get promoted this season, that’ll be fantastic.

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