David Mills, 69, of Hucclecote explains why he believes the beautiful game is overrated:
I HATE professional football and everything which goes with it.
I am of the opinion that the majority of players in the 1st and Premier Division are grossly overpaid, egotistical little boys.
I have never liked the game or understood it. I come from a rugby background and have been a supporter of Gloucester at Kingsholm for more years than I can remember.
I object to the way in which the whole of the media assume that everyone likes and supports the game, the fact that normal TV programmes are cancelled or start late due to football matches whether they be at club or international level.
Why can't we have a dedicated sports channel, not everyone has Sky Sport.
Why does the BBC have to send so many staff on a jolly to report on the World Cup, they spend a disproportional share of the license fee on sport, especially football then claim they have no money to spend on other entertainment?
I also object to government ministers and some senior civil servants going on jollies to support the national team.
If England got through to the final then perhaps the attendance of the sports minister might be appropriate.
Saturday and Sunday nights used to be for light entertainment now we are just as likely to have football on both channels during the afternoon and the evening plus a further one or two matches during the week. Except for Wales, how often do we get club rugby on TV except for a few Saturday matches?
The managers and players are grossly overpaid for what they do and the behaviour of some leaves a great deal to be desired, especially when so many young people look up to them and use them as examples.
They inflame those watching with their antics on the pitch when scoring. I can understand one being proud of scoring for their club or country but to show-off in the way they do is ridiculous.
The financial side of the game is a shambles with clubs running up debts which will be very difficult to overcome and who suffers? The supporters who are charged ever increasing entrance fees.
The big clubs constantly change their "strips" and, of course, their supporters are then cajoled into spending money to keep up to date. It's just money, money, money
Matters are not helped by the way some of the players girlfriends/spouses act when they are on the town, but I suppose this could be said about anyone associated with the business of "entertainment". It just feeds the glossy magazines and gossip writers.
I am probably coming over as a grumpy old monster but at a time when our country is in such a dire financial situation, the money spent on football and some other sports is gross. There, I have had my say; it won't make any difference and will probably upset those that do support the professional game of football.