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Are Fat-Cat Footballers Giving the Beautiful Game a Bad Name?

Following Ashley Cole’s shooting of a Chelsea work-experience student at the clubs Cobham training ground this week, there has been cries from the national media for a crackdown on fat-cat footballers’ foolish antics. England defender Cole, 30, has since apologised to student Tom Cowan, 21, for shooting him with a .22 air rifle last weekend.
But the occurrence of such an incident has caused widespread fury and outrage, with tabloids claiming that footballers earn too much and get away with behaviour that the general public wouldn’t. Cries have also resonated suggesting the Chelsea defender should be sacked by Chelsea Football Club, as bringing a firearm to a place of work – legal or not – would be a deemed sackable offence by the majority of employers.

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