The sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, has labelled John Terry's salary "obscene" and accused Manchester United of setting ticket prices prohibitively high, claiming such moves took the game away from "ordinary working people."
"Good luck to John Terry but I think it is obscene to be on Â£150,000 a week," said Sutcliffe. "People in the street cannot understand salaries like that.
Chelsea are Â£250m in the red and they may be able to cope with that but it's not the real world. Â£250m in the red is not sustainable."