Chelsea 3-0 West Brom: Heroic Hazard
British Members of Parliament have called for the Professional Footballers' Association to review the amount paid to chief executive Gordon Taylor after it emerged that he earned nearly £2.3 million last season.
Members of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport select committee urged the review after PFA accounts showed Taylor had almost doubled his salary from the previous year.
Meanwhile, the players' union put just £100,000 into concussion and head injury research in the year ending last summer.
The Telegraph, which reported that Taylor is thought to be the world's highest-paid trade union chief, quoted Labour MP Ian Lucas as saying: "People have had enough of salaries at this level.
"At a time when, real wages in this country haven't increased since 2004, I think your average football supporter will be appalled. It's time that the PFA looked at the situation."
Conservative MP Julian Knight said the news of Taylor's salary "leads one to question the management at the PFA."
Graeme Le Saux, the former Chelsea defender who is now a member of the FA Inclusion Advisory Board, described the pay packet as "absolutely scandalous."
In October, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told MPs the PFA had spent "millions" on Taylor's salary and "walked away" from footballers facing difficulties.
Taylor, who has been in charge of the PFA since 1981, responded by threatening to sue Clarke if he repeated the claim outside Parliament.
Daniel Sturridge left West Bromwich Albion's 3-0 defeat away at Chelsea on Monday with a hamstring injury and manager Alan Pardew said the on-loan striker was devastated by the injury.
Sturridge, who joined West Brom on loan from Liverpool in January, left the game after just three minutes because of the injury and was replaced by Jay Rodriguez.
"He was distraught," Pardew said at a postgame news conference. "The way he's worked at our place has been of the highest order. He's absolutely devastated because he wants this period to be a success for himself and for West Brom."
The 28-year-old has been hoping to be able to use the loan spell to get additional playing time and be part of the conversation as Gareth Southgate, who was in attendance at Stamford Bridge, chooses his squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Pardew considered the signing a "coup" -- West Brom agreed to pay a £2 million fee as well as the player's wages of £120,000 a week, sources told ESPN FC -- after Sturridge made just nine Premier League appearances, with five starts, for Liverpool this season.
It was his third appearance for West Brom since the move and his second start after he played all 90 minutes of a 3-2 defeat at home against Southampton on Feb. 3.
"In training he was really sharp," Pardew said. "Not many strikers can score goals like he can from tight areas, as Hazard did. It might have made the difference. I know this place very well, and we needed to take one of those chances.
"We knew Chelsea were slightly wounded, so we put high pressure on them, took some risks in terms of our set-up hoping to get an early chance. We have got to win games, and score the goals to win games. We have got to hope Daniel's injury isn't too bad."
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