Premier League footballers 'earned £1.8bn last season'

Premier League footballers earned a total of £1.8 billion last season - an increase of 9% - according to accountancy firm Deloitte.

Manchester City were the highest paying club in the 2011/12 season. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

The earnings mark a huge increase on the £1.66 billion players made in the 2011/12 season and wages are set to rise even further as clubs make an extra £600 million in TV money.

The Premier League retains its status as the world's wealthiest domestic competition with its 20 clubs expected to earn more than £3 billion of revenues in 2013/14, an annual review by Deloitte predicted.

Manchester City was the best paying club in the Premier League during 2011/12, with wages of £202 million, while Swansea City was the lowest, handing its players £35 million.