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  • Mitre June 17

Blackpool's Wayne Rooney

The football world have raised eyebrows after revelations in Blackpool's financial accounts for that 2010-11 campaign, filed in the past 48 hours and relating to their first season in the top flight for 39 years, reveal that one of Blackpool's six directors was paid a staggering £11 million in remuneration for the season that ended with the club's relegation back to the Championship according to an article in the Daily Mail.

The payment paid through Owen Oyston's company Zabaxe of £11million in director's pay at Blackpool is more than title winner Wayne Rooney was paid by Manchester United.

Malcolm Clarke, the chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation, said: 'It defies credibility that this is a reasonable remuneration for one club director in a single year. This makes some of the bankers' bonuses almost look like small change.

'Football clubs are community assets and it's inappropriate for anyone to use them as a vehicle for pay-outs of anything approaching this magnitude. Even by the standards of "Planet Football" this is barely believable.'


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