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Sympathy for footballers.


Chronos the 2nd
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I have just learnt from Mike Bushell from BBC Breakfast that footballers are bracing themselves for a tough ten days as they will be playing 4 games during that period.

That equates to a total of 6 hours and lets be generous and ad half an hour stoppage time and I think you will agree that footballers have an extremely tough time.

I personally think 90 minutes work is more than enough for the rather derisory wages that these athletes are paid.

I think it is time that questions were asked in parliament on how this situation has been allowed to go on. Write to your MP, start a petition, demonstrate outside football grounds to show your solidarity.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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"A footballer will run the equivalant of a full 26 mile marathon in the 90 minute game. That's not me just saying it, it is a proven fact."

"Proven" by whom?

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Mr Mistoffelees

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To add to my last post, from the Wikipedia: "The IAAF world record for men is 2:03:38, set by Patrick Makau of Kenya on September 25, 2011 at the Berlin Marathon."

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Picklefactory

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Just for clarity, it's more like 10,000 mtrs or so per game dependent on position, but it's not about the distance run, a 10,000 mtr runner would do that in 30 mins or less, but a footballer does it in a series of sprints with jumps and collisions on top. Plenty on Google re: distance stats. As i said previously, i have no sympathy for them at all and they are vastly overpaid, but that doesn't change the fact that 4 games in 10 days is hard to maintain a top level of performance

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bremner

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Als left peg

See mynlink on the third post of page 1, the average footballerbruns 10,000 m in a game, about 6 miles.

As the worldrecord for the marathon is 2 hours it puts your claim in perspective.

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spuds

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Does it count if I was to tell you I had a cousin who played for Mansfield, Brighton, Leicester City and a few other clubs, ending up with fitting in playing on the local recreation grounds on a Sunday morning. A big change from being pampered by the fans to being pampered by housewives on his final days as a window cleaner.

Our local skip hire man was also a well known footballer.

Goes to show the merits of becoming the prima-donna on the field to the working class :O)

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flycatcher1

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Never mind sympathy for players - what about the Aston Villa supporters ?

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pavvi

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I appreciate the skill and the fitness that professional footballers have, and I appreciate that they have a comparatively short career so they should bearing these two things in mind be paid a wage that reflects that situation. I do think that the excesses of some like Balotelli are caused in my view partly because they are paid so much money in the hand that they think they are invincible. Why can't they have 80/90% of their money put into trust for the end of their playing days. Surely 20 - 30k week is sufficient to live and splurge on?

The other thing that gets me in football is diving. In one of the games at the weekend, an attacking player was pushed by one player and when the offended player inevitably fell over he was grabbing the back of his calf to suggest he was tackled from behind (= automatic booking/sending off). In my view there needs to be proper punishment for diving, or as I would prefer to call it, cheating. I hate the comment by the commentators that the attackers 'win' a penalty. Surely they are awarded a penalty because of a foul?

Personally I think if someone dives in the penalty area, they should be sent off and a penalty given the other way. This should put a stop to it.

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Bing.alau

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pavvi. I like that suggestion. As for the "Great Sulk" as I call Balotelli, I think he is a disgrace to his profession. But then again singling him out can't be right as there are too many of them who think they are God. Whatever happened to modesty?

Not many forumites about today are there? They can't all be at football matches so they must be sleeping off the effects of Christmas dinner and last night's debauchery. Hope you have had a good time too, all the best... Bing

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