Football should take a leaf out of Rugby League’s book for sporsmanship and humility

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield, left, and Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin, holding the Super League trophy ahead of the 2015 Grand Final.
Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield, left, and Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin, holding the Super League trophy ahead of the 2015 Grand Final.
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Football is everywhere. It’s an inescapable world that seeps into our everyday lives whether we like it or not.

There’s no denying that it is one of the biggest sports on the planet and probably one of the most successful in bringing communities together.

But I don’t consider myself part of the fan club. Football is overrated.

As a sport journalism student I am surrounded by THE biggest all round football fanatics.

I will stick to my grounds as a tennis and converted rugby league fan.

Although I will admit that the lower down the leagues in football, the better the game is.

The further up the leagues you go football is more and more a business rather than a sport and that is when the game is lost.

It has been proven time and time again the more money a football team puts out on the pitch in the Premier League the more likely success will bring.

Looking back at previous winners of the Premier League it is inevitable.

Examining the game itself I think it lacks sportsmanship. Of course a lot are only on the pitch for the huge pay packets, evident by their attitudes.

Over and over again I’ve been told stories about how stubborn and unresponsive top players can be.

Fans hold these players as their heroes and yet they can’t give a simple interview.

In rugby league’s super league there is a wage cap and the players are the most down to earth people in an exhilarating game. Gentle giants comes to mind.

The over paid, overrated players of the Premier League don’t even pose a chance of getting far in the Champions League.

The once English influence in the Champions league is waning in favour of the German and Spanish clubs.

It seems the colossal sums of money thrown around in the Premier League produce little in terms of a real and true sports performance.

What happened to developing players from youth teams?

FIFA: Who is actually following what is exactly going on here? It is political overload and a ‘revelation’ that football is corrupt. But didn’t we already know that?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who groans where FIFA is concerned.

As a minority in the industry the constant stories of sexism are enough to put any woman off from working in premier league football.

Chelsea team doctor, Eva Carneiro’s running with Jose Mourinho and the sexist chanting is just one case of so many unreported.

In Lynn Truss’s book ‘Get her off the pitch’ which gives her account of being a woman in sports journalism she has to set apart a whole chapter for her experience of sexism.

For me football holds little appeal

Everyone has their opinion and this is my opinion. For me the real game of football lives below the Premier League.