Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: It's not so beautiful

The FA Community Shield yesterday heralded the start of a new Premier League season next weekend. There was a time when soccer supporters looked forward with excitement, but things have changed in the beautiful game.

The World Cup in South Africa had few good games, as well as a dismal performance by an over-rated England side, and a disappointing final where Dutch brawn almost overcame Spanish skill.

Soccer players in England remain grossly overpaid, and scandal dogs the game. Football fans can only look forward optimistically, but even though they deserve better, they should not hold their breath for better days ahead.

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