'Rotten' state of the game causes Gijon defender to quit
Published 13/08/2011 | 05:00
One man who won't be greeting the return of the European soccer season with open arms is Sport Gijon's former defender Javi Poves.
The 24-year-old Spaniard has walked away from the north-coast club after quitting the sport he describes as "rotten."
"The more you know about football the more you realise it is all about money, that it is rotten and this takes away your enthusiasm," Poves told Spanish media on Wednesday.
"What point is there is earning €800 or €1,000 if you know that you are obtaining it through the suffering of many people."
Daily paper 'El Pais' reported that Poves refused to allow the club to pay him via a bank transfer -- so the banks could not speculate with his money he said -- and that he returned the keys to a car that had been provided to players by sponsors.
"There are certain personalities at a world level, Pele, Ronaldinho, (Lionel) Messi who are ambassadors for UNICEF and who on the face of it are very good, but they could do much more" he added.
"These people have such influence they should involve themselves in a much more direct way."
Perhaps, his compatriots threatened strike for better conditions will help restore his faith in the game just a little.