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  • 6 September 2014, 13:28

Stand Up Be Counted: Has Football Lost Its Way?

It's just one of the many topics raised by young people using Sky's Stand Up Be Counted service.

Football, the national game, appears to have lost its way.

User TremenduzMT said: "Unlike some teenage boys, I don't really like football. One of the reasons being the overrated footballers.

"They get paid 250,000 a week just for kicking a ball. Doctors get paid half that in a year, and they save lives every day."

Sky News held a debate on whether football was losing touch with supporters, and whether youngsters should be aspiring to emulate their idols from the pitch.

Natasha Henry, a sports journalist, said footballers do work hard, despite their portrayal in the media.

She said: "The point is, because of the media attention, people see what they have and they would like it and that's why they aspire to be footballers.

"In the 70s or 80s, it was rock stars, and probably 20 years from now it will be something different."

Amar Singh, from the London Evening Standard, said the UK has a love/hate relationship with football and its protagonists.

He said: "Morality underpins what these football clubs have to do. They are brands, they are corporations, they make a lot of money, and they have to be run like good businesses.

"The level of scrutiny we the media put on football clubs is disproportionately high."

:: Click here to visit the Stand Up Be Counted site

Hundreds of young people have already clicked on the "Register to Vote" button on the Stand Up Be Counted website.

Meanwhile our online community is booming, with more than 1,750 people signed up on Facebook and more than 1,400 people getting involved on Twitter.