Letter to the Chairman of the Committee
from Mr George Hortop
I have enclosed a copy of a protest letter sent
to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP concerning the use of lottery money
given for the building of the new Wembley Stadium. When one reads
in the national press of football players having £80,000
to £100,000 a week it certainly goes against the grain. To
lottery money given away adlib to rich Football Association members
who could probably build the stadium themselves. There is some
talk the stadium is to cost £700 millionwhy? The stadium
in Cardiff only cost £126 million and it is a beautiful stadium.
Lottery money should to hospitals not sport.
Sport is awash with money, now let them pay for it:
21 May 2002
I must object like many other people who play
the National Lottery, that the Football (very rich) Association
should be given £100 million towards the building of the
new Wembley Stadium. As an old aged pensioner I object strongly
to such a donation to a pumped-up money-spinning Association who
can boast of giving players in National games and club league
games £80,000-£100,000 a week.
If the league clubs and the Football Association
can pay their players that much and boast about it, they should
be made to foot the bill of £700 million themselves to build
the Wembley Stadium.
Remember Ms Jowell and all the Culture Committee
Members of whom I watched on TV today. Lottery money is not there
to squander on money. Making football clubs who pay and boast
at paying players £80,000-£100,000 a week.
Lottery money should be spent on hospitals,
so don't even consider putting mine and many others, lottery money
to these very rich boasting league clubs and the Football Association.