In 1995, five years after it began, Jean-Marc Bosman’s personal crusade came to an end with the historic ruling by the European Court, a ruling that shifted the power from clubs to players.
Bosman’s battle allowed players to work freely within the European Union, and to walk away for nothing at the end of their contracts. The Bosman ruling has resulted in an amazing inflation of players’ wages, and it also allowed footballers (like Wayne Rooney) to increase their value by threatening to put the Bosman clause into play.
Bosman, living nowadays in Belgium, has to go the Public Centre for Social Action to ask for a benefit of about 800 euros a month. Players who use the rule named after him earn about 40,000 euros a day.
Soccer players should show a bit more solidarity and support for the man who battled for their fat pay check.
How about a charity game with all the big stars, played in the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, with Bosman as the benefcor of all profits. Arsenal generates an income of about £2.5 million per match. Bosman can honorably live his life with half of that sum.