The English Premier League - the most watched domestic soccer league in the world - needs to "correct itself," according to the chairman of London-based team Queens Park Rangers (QPR), who argued that greed in the industry has rendered it unsustainable.
"There are many players who don't take it as life or death," Tony Fernandes, who is also group CEO of AirAsia, told CNBC Friday.
"There are guys who just put on the shirt, who are so excited to play and just want to play. And there are a lot of guys who take a lot of money and maybe it's not 'do or die.'"
Instead of blaming the players directly, Fernandes said the industry had created a problem of over-inflated wages, which meant some professional players were not fully committed to the game.
"The industry has created what we see now and the industry has to correct itself," he said.
Fernandes also called for changes in the handling of agent fees.