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Jose Mourinho defends Premier League wages as Chelsea boss becomes latest UN ambassador for World Food Programme

Jose Mourinho was
announced on
Tuesday as a UN
ambassador for the World
Food Programme
Chelsea boss will travel to
Liberia to witness the
impact of hunger
Jose Mourinho says the amount of
jobs football generates for the
community is justification for the
astronomical wages paid to its
superstar players.
The Chelsea boss was announced
on Tuesday as a UN ambassador
against hunger as part of the
World Food Programme, with his
first call of duty set to be a trip to
Liberia to witness the ravages of
hunger first-hand.
Mourinho said the sheer weight of
numbers inspired his involvement
with the cause.
'In the end of the day this is more
important than football,' he told
ITV News London.
'You’re not aware of the cruelty
and the reality of the numbers.
When you have the documents,
when you see the numbers, they
turn your head completely around.'
Mourinho is referring to figures
such as the 842 million people - 66
million of them school-age children
- in the world who go hungry every
When asked how one can justify
the wages involved in football
when so many around the world
don't have food on the table, he
put his hands up.
'I don’t run away from it,' he said.
'I justify that. I try and one of the
reasons I find to justify is that
football gives jobs to thousands of
'Football is not about managers
and players. It gives jobs directly
and indirectly related to the
football industry.
'There are jobs and jobs and
families and children and mouths
and football becomes a big
Wages for players and staff in the
Premier League hit a record £1.8
billion in 2012-13.
Despite Chelsea's January transfer
spending, the Blues have endured
a trophy-less season.
But Mourinho insists the campaign
cannot be written off as a major
disappointment, insisting that
solid foundations have been laid
for next season.
'It’s not such a big
disappointment because in the
beginning that was not the
'The objective was to start building
a new team. We understand now
we have to think about
improvement for the next year
because we want Chelsea to
become what Chelsea was in the
last decade.'

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