Saturday, 14 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 75. Are Footballers Earning Too Much. Extra Word Formation

ARE FOOTBALLERS EARNING TOO MUCH?
Whenever a salary increase for top league footballers is announced, there is an OUTCRY (CRY) from a section of the public. While they agree it’s _____________________ (DENY) that these players are highly skilled and talented and should be ____________________ (SUIT) rewarded, many people feel that the constant increases will result in the ____________________ (EVENT) destruction of the game as we know it today.
However, the footballers themselves hold the opinion that the public’s views are based on a ____________________ (CONCEPT), as most of the income generated by a football club goes not to the players but the directors and shareholders. The players feel these protestations are based on middle-class ____________________ (SNOB), pointing the finger at newspaper articles claiming that the salary levels are just too high for ____________________ (MERE) “kicking a ball around”. In order to ____________________ (STRONG) the arguments justifying their salaries, footballers cite the far higher remunerations of golfers and boxers, who can earn ten times an average footballer’s wage.
Perhaps a more valid ______________________ (CRITIC) could be directed at the tremendous difference in salaries between top-flight footballers (playing for Premier League clubs) and those in lower (but no less ____________________ (COMPETE) and only slightly less popular) categories. The average weekly wage of footballers playing for last year’s top five Premiership teams was £14,770 pounds, compared to £4,120 pounds which were the average weekly____________________ (EARN) of their colleagues in Division 1.
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ARE FOOTBALLERS EARNING TOO MUCH?
Whenever a salary increase for top league footballers is announced, there is an OUTCRY (CRY) from a section of the public. While they agree it’s UNDENIABLE (DENY) that these players are highly skilled and talented and should be SUITABLY (SUIT) rewarded, many people feel that the constant increases will result in the EVENTUAL (EVENT) destruction of the game as we know it today.
However, the footballers themselves hold the opinion that the public’s views are based on a MISCONCEPTION (CONCEPT), as most of the income generated by a football club goes not to the players but the directors and shareholders. The players feel these protestations are based on middle-class SNOBBERY  (SNOB), pointing the finger at newspaper articles claiming that the salary levels are just too high for MERELY  (MERE) “kicking a ball around”. In order to STRENGTHEN (STRONG) the arguments justifying their salaries, footballers cite the far higher remunerations of golfers and boxers, who can earn ten times an average footballer’s wage.
Perhaps a more valid CRITICISM (CRITIC) could be directed at the tremendous difference in salaries between top-flight footballers (playing for Premier League clubs) and those in lower (but no less COMPETITIVE (COMPETE) and only slightly less popular) categories. The average weekly wage of footballers playing for last year’s top five Premiership teams was £14,770 pounds, compared to £4,120 pounds which were the average weekly EARNINGS (EARN) of their colleagues in Division 1.

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