Platini At Odds With English Premier League Clubs Again

Michel Platini seems to be at odds again with the English Premier League, by wanting to limit the power of  England’s big-spending clubs, by introducing some financial regulations for European competitions.

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Michel Platini – trying to curb Premier league clubs

The UEFA president used Manchester City’s recent £100M attempt to sign Kaka from AC Milan as an example to explain that he needs a level playing field for European competition.

Platini said:

“How one guy can cost £100million is ridiculous from a social, football and financial point of view,”

“It’s why we have to do something to have transparency and fairness in football. It’s not good for the popularity of football.”

Platini has often expressed his opposition to the English Premier League, since becoming UEFA president two years ago, and he now wants rules brought in for the Champions League and newly-named Europa League, which will require clubs to operate within a certain budget.

But the view out there is that Platini is out to curtail the power of the English Premier League clubs, because they are starting to dominate European competitions.

Not one of the four English clubs last season in the Champions League were beaten by a non-English club in their ties, and we had three of the four reach the semi-finals, and Chelsea and Manchester United were in the final.

If the clubs had managed to avoid each other, we could have had all 4 European Champions League semi-finalists from the Premier League.

Platini said that clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea, if they don’t curtail their huge debts, will not be allowed to participate in the Champions League. Well that’s one way to curtail the English influence – stop them competing.

But to be fair, the debts of some of the European clubs, not just in England, are enormous, which make the Newcastle situation look good. And there needs to be some kind of limitations brought i We expect Manchester City to spend ridiculous amounts of money on players in the summer, and there’s something  just not right about that.

Platini want clubs to limit their spending to their football generated income, and limit wages to a fixed proportion of their revenues and reduce the size of their playing squads. Maybe Newcastle can get an exception to that, if  it’s ever implemented,  because of all their injuries.

These plans will all be debated at UEFA’s strategy council meeting in May, with the intention of implementing the agreed changes over the next three years.

One good thing that will get support from English clubs is that Platini wants to abolish the January transfer window. It’s seems a complete mess, and only unsettles clubs and players half way through the season.

Platini continued:

“It’s not ethical when you play for one club in a competition and then play for another in the same competition in the same season.”

“I think a player should play for at least a season, not just for three months.”

Platini believes he will be backed for his plans, from the European Clubs’ Association, which is currently chaired by Germany’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Premier League, which has five clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle United (yes that’s us) represented in the ECA, said that not one of the five were behind Platini’s proposals.

Platini said:

“England is different because in the rest of Europe the national association is the boss of football, but in England there is a big power in the Premier League.”

“They do what they want and sometimes against the FIFA statutes. I just have a philosophy that everyone should be able to win the league but more and more that cannot happen.”

The UEFA president also wants to stop the trafficking of players under 18 from around the globe into Europe’s wealthy clubs, and therby encourage them to develop their own talent.

Thatw ill of course hit Newcastle, because we are doing exactly that, to bring in young talent from around the wold, and only recently brought in 16 year-old Slovenian midfielder Haris Vuckic.

Platini continued:

“At Manchester City they can work with young players in Manchester and bring them to the academy so they can find their own Kaka and not have to spend £100M.”

“But it’s not an English problem, it’s a European problem and I have to find a good system which allows everybody a chance to win.”

Platini, for all his bluster, is well aware that even if he is successful in changing the rules for European competition, he can have no impact on the Premier League carrying on as normal.

It’s only in European competitiuon that the Frenchman has any power.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Dingo†®

    Feb 6, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #1


  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 6, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I very rarely i agree with the English hater.

    But after watching Man Citeh and Spurs damage the transfer market, i’m starting to believe something should be done.

    Forget European law and players rights, its a bloody sport, a game, a hobby to fans all around the globe. Sport should be the ultimate leveler, its far from that in the greatest league in the world the PL.

    If we could start again, which i know is impossible but the US way of drafts and college sport is the right way and a great leveler.

    Look at the recent NFL champs, they’ve won the title for a record 6 times…..YES ONLY 6!!!!

    Whats Man U won the PL and i say PL becuase its being going a lot less than the NFL has.

    However this is never going to happen, but what i believe can and should be implimented is transfer caps on wages and fees. This should be determined by the income of the football club, everything from tickets sales to other financial incomes.

    This would stop the likes of the Arabs at Citeh blowing everyone out the water, but more to a point Chelski would not be anywhere near as wealthy due to there fair weather fans!

    Also this would stop clubs like the great Leeds United ever from falling into financial mess they have done and be up where they belong in the top flight of English football.

    Strange day, i agree with an English hating Fenchman and believe in a US policy !!

    Did anyone see that pig fly by. ?

  • lesh

    Feb 6, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    One thing for sure, Platini’ll never have a problem with us as long as MA’s got hold of the purse-strings!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 6, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Nice one lesh 🙂

    Isnt today the big Q&A with Llambiarse?

  • xisco biscuits

    Feb 6, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    @ The Real Entertainers

    Couldn’t agree more mate. I think for once Platini is spot-on. I know it’s a cliché but money is killing sport and eliminating all competition. These Arab’s at Citeh are the biggest danger to the game coz they’d have no qualms about assembling a team for £600m. Something has to be done whether its either:
    > A wage-cap
    > Only allowed to spend a % of turnover
    > 6+5 homegrown rules
    > Limit number of signings allowed to play for first team

    Bollox to human rights and employment laws, this is a sport. Also surely they could bypass the human rights laws by saying “we can’t stop you buying the player, but you can’t register him this season coz you’ve got too many foreign players registered”

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    why does platini even open his mouth as long as money is used as a means to transfer players the clubs who have it will win the top competitions, MOST players are attracted to the premier league the big four will rule EPL and UEFA regardless of what rukes he can imply he should just do us a favour and shut up,

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #7

    T.R.E and Xisco biscuits

    Both your posts are 100% right

    Ive said it for a long time, the richest clubs win, its as simple as that.

    Its not fair, its not right and it SHOULD be against the rules.

    There is 2 leagues now within the PL. The richest and the poorer ones

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8


    I disagree there mate, for once Platini is correct with his views imo

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    The Real Entertainers // Feb 6, 2009 at 8:00 AM

    Forget European law and players rights, its a bloody sport, a game, a hobby to fans all around the globe.

    xisco biscuits // Feb 6, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    @ The Real Entertainers

    Bollox to human rights and employment laws, this is a sport.

    Guys, that is a great defence for your case. Laws are laws, and there is no distinction between sport and business!

    If Platini wants to effect the changes he has implied, then he would in effect have to make Football a mutualship. This meaning that every club becomes a not-for-profit organisation. That way, salary caps and transfer values can be regulated!

    However, this would require the whole of Football to become a mutual, which would mean that EPL money would go into a world football pot!!! IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN, AND WHILE FOOTBALL IS CLASSED A BUSINESS, SUCH RESTRICTIONS WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

    However, the EPL is going down the route of the UK housing market. No business is recession proof, and sooner or later the EPL bubble will burst!

  • Dragonera

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    I normally agree with Platini and today is no exception. It is criminal the way the media portray him when in truth he is one of the few in power that actually cares about the state football.

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    However, the rule about having home grown players is the best route to slow down the progress of clubs purchasing willy nilly!

  • Guinea Mag

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Having a minimum number of home grown players plus players from the home country in the squad is the way forward……

  • xisco biscuits

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    @ ronaldeano

    spot on. man utd spend a lot of money but they’ve earned money through being successful consistently for over ten years when there has been huge money on offer for success. they generate their own income through clever marketing and making themselves a global brand. the majority of the money they spend is self-generated. imagine in ten years time if the likes of lua-lua, kadar, tozer, ranger etc were as good as scholes, giggs, beckham, neville – we’d be successful in our own right and then we would be self-sufficient the way man utd are. here’s hoping!!

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14


    one of these teams will win UCL

    Manchester united

    Now all those nine teams compare how much monny they have in their coffers to clubs in their own league, besides citeh the rest are operating JUST above the water,

    especially in spain the gap between madrid &barca and say villareal is so HUGE that both this teams can take 3 seasons holiday and still be richest in spain

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #15

    I still believe that actually owning a football club isn’t a viable business! It’s using the club as a route to market in Media and Marketing which makes the EPL so attractive!

    How much does it cost for a world wide brand? Well it depends on the club!!!

  • Joseph

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16

    He’s got some good points but its not just english clubs that would be hit by a debt free rule real madrid have a huge amount of debt

  • Joseph

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #17

    by the way what the hell are we doing on any board representing the premier league?

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    I could be wrong on thsi but as far as debt goes, i dont think we are doing too bad. He may have one of the highest wage turnovers, but that will change come the end of the season.

    I cant beleive I am saying this but in reflection on what someone said yesterday and that MA and Llambiarse must have a financial strategy to sort the business side out.

    Granted other things they do are useless as far as the customers go (us), but the transfer window situation might be different come the summer. I do hope Im not living in a dream world.

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    if newcastle club need constant bailouts from mike ashley than it wont be long before he is broke and will ditch us,

    this club isint generating the money which most fans think it is,
    ashley said this wen he put the club up for sale,” this is not Fcbarcelona”

    If this club were to survive on it’s own our wage quota would only atrract championship or lesser type of players

    And don’t give me that arsenal is doing it crap they are are bigger club with a big history and a trophy cabinet full of silverware wenger uses this and the promise of 1st team football and UCL to attract,steal, young talents all over the world and not by wages,

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #21

    @toon Graeme – I posted this on the previous subject. I agree with you, I think what MA wants is to reduce overheads completely and throw the kids in at the deepend!

    Kash // Feb 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    I will be surprised if the following players are still here by the start of next season:

    Enrique, Cacapa, Barton, Martins, Owen, Duff, Smith, Geremi, and Viduka.

    All these players are on huge salaries, and if sold could bring in around £25m in transfers while those out of contract leave!

    The way the club is functioning at the minute, it seems they’re really trying to reduce all over heads, the main overhead being players salaries!

    Personally, once MA has achieved what he wants to achieve, I’d like to see him bring in footballing chairman and a young player orientated manager!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 6, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Kash – I think we have a potential rocket in Ranger!

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    To be honest mate, the feedback I got from people who went to the under 18’s match in the FA youth cup felt that alot of the players including Ranger went missing.

    If Ranger, Lua Lua, DOnaldson, etc etc are as good as portrayed, then they should be bossing youngster games really!

    I’m yet to be convinceed until they make the first team!

  • Bill F

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    I have to say that I agree (mostly) with what he says.
    But the main reason for coming on to this thread is to query if I am missing something in the way a lot of erudite and grammatically correct people spell the word “Citeh” when referring to Manchester “City” is there some pun being implied or is it just bad spelling. The only reason I ask is that I would like to know.

  • Mark_S

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    If he does get his way and gets these rules applied, then this will detriment british football, also this will entrench the top teams in the leagues who qualify for CL, this will have the complete opposite effect to what he is suggesting, the fact that a club like Man City can now challenge because of there extra finance is a good thing, this stops the Big 4 from dominating, if we go down this route, which I think is specifically to hamstring clubs from the EPL, and to help Spanish and Italian Leagues, this will entrench Man U, Liverpool, and Arsenal, what do you think he would be saying if last year it was 3 Spanish Teams in the CL Semi’s, nothing, thats what he would have said.. this is all because the EPL is stronger than the Itilian and Spanish Leagues, coming from the mouth of a man, who once suggested footbal maybe was not invented in the UK, but in italy and spain (or so one of my mates mentioned this morning). The man is an English Hater, financed by Italian and Spanish clubs to stop the EPL.. the whole of FIFA is corrupt, and this man is no different..

  • repo

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    But on the oppostite scale we arnt spending any money on players

    what rules are going to be in place for us..?

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Bill F – Its a pi$$ take mate.

    City is Citeh
    Man U is Manure
    Chealsea – Chelski


  • beyethegreat

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    joseph probz coz we have qualified for the champs league more than any 1 outside the top 4

    toon graeme you missed of


  • beyethegreat

    Feb 6, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29


    i agree how can you use that as an excuse dont get me wrong im in support with kk against ashley but you cant use that as an excuse

  • Kash

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    The reason we say “Citeh” as opposed to “City” is because when you have a Manc accent, and say “City”, it tends to sound like “Citeh”!

  • faustino

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #31

    This guy is a racist. Pure and simple.

    It was alright in the 80s when Milan did it. It was alright in the 90s when Real Madrid do it. But now because English clubs have the financial heavy weight it’s wrong. The financial situation of most Italian clubs is laughable at best and he isn’t threatneing them with Champions league exclusion.

    Add to this, the fact that Lazio/Milan and Real Madrid are and have been funded by corrupt fascist governments for over fifty years and are followed by gangs of neo-nazi thugs that are nigh on agressive militia. But that doesn’t really matter does it.

    When does this guys tenure at Uefa end? When does the fact that English football is at the forefornt of entertainment internationally become recognised and the governing bodies stand up for that? When does the apparent racism, obvious vindictiveness, jealousy and agression of Platini and his bum chum Blatter get condemned for what it is?

    Pathetic jibes by bitter old men that could result in further exclusion of English clubs from world football.

    And all this talk from you lot is utter rubbishgiven that 95% of you would have ben over the moon if Ashely had spoent 200 million in the last 12 months. Have a wrod you fickle lot.

    How can the majority of you complain about spending no money then whinge when other clubs do.

    And the US argument. Come on. The corruptiuon in US port is rife. The money people get paid is twice as ridiculous as football.

  • whenwillitend

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Platini dosn’t whine when spanish and italian clubs spend ridicoulous ammounts
    also all this talk of citeh and the spuds have spent millions and are still no where near competing for anything
    they are spending mass fortunes on rubbish players like bellamy and defoe and of course both these teams are going to dominate europe ………… i think not
    top players wont go to citeh as apart from cash
    they have nothing to offer

  • Whumpie

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m delighted that Platini’s come out with this – it’s just a shame it’s taken all these years to realise it’s needed.

    A simple rule like “no club can go into debt by more than 20% of its turnover in any 3 rolling years” would do the trick – but any ban from competitions used as a punishment would have to extend well into the future, otherwise the Abu-Dabi types will just stick half a billion in one year to build up a squad with a view to winning the CL the following year when they’re allowed back in.

    This is desperately needed!! You do have to take your hat off to Man-U who have the money because they run the business. But who the hell benefits from the Chelski or Citeh situation?

    Like it or not, money is the defining control of professional football. There is nothing you can’t do if you have enough money. Therefore we have to make it impossible for clubs to become charities, which is what many are.

    Good on you, Platini – get those rules in quick!

  • Stardust

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Whumpie – man U are in a perrilous state, they are accruing debt at the mo of 200k a day rising to 300k a day by the end of the year!


    We at newcastle are suffering because of the leverage heros – where clubs are all technically insolvent, Man U, Spurs, Liverpool (even we would be if Ashley wasnt supporting us).

    We need a system of control, You have to remember we are the 11th (I think) highest turnover club in the world – and that is WITHOUT European Money! If these systems were brought in it would be to the great plus of Newcastle – financially we would go from also rans to a powerhouse of football – dont knee jerk that reaction too!

  • daniel...

    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #35

    i think that the epl should be more like the nfl in america.
    althought i dislike nfl alot i believe they have a good way of controling the power among the franchises.
    we shouold bring in a college system (im in a sports college with a great team)
    this would also inspire more kids to go to college
    there are wage caps,
    limited transfer fees that are not normally invoked,
    and the clubs that finish lowst in the league get the best players from the college leagues and so on (team that comes up from play offs, 2nd in championship, championship champions, 17th in premiership and so on)

    anyone else agree?

  • Mark_S

    Feb 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #36

    faustino —- exactly what I am saying… anybody on here who thinks this is a good idea, does not understand the consequences of what this is about.. Plattini is corrupt.. do not doubt it.. there is somebody behind the scenes paying him.. guess who??? Italian and Spanish Leagues.. maybe?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 6, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Of course he’s corrupt. He’s French.

    But that doesn’t change the fact that something needs doing and some of the ideas he’s mentioned make a lot of sense.

    If the Spanish and Italian leagues need the playing field levelled, then what’s wrong with that? If we’re only dominating European football because of clubs operating at massive losses, why would you want to sustain that?

  • Whumpie

    Feb 6, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #38

    As various people have pointed out, these rules will benefit those clubs being run within sensible fiscal boundaries – and if Ashley’s done nowt else, he’s moved us into that rather elite group.

  • Davies

    Feb 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39

    I love a conspiracy theory. Plattini is corrupt etc….

    How many of you would have been happy to see Citeh get Kaka for £108,000,000. Wave that kind of money under Ashley’s nose and you wouldn’t be too far off buying Newcastle United.

    This is a good idea. I’d rather see the leagues competed for than bought.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #40

    i dont like plattini, but i think its a great idea. im not bothered about the 80s/90s,
    just because it was done then dosnt mean it should be aloud now,

    i think kaka is great but 100 mil, is he 10x better than martins(10 mill) . he is better but not 10 x better.

    im glad kaka used his brian and wasnt greedy , he would have made more than 10mil from the signing on fee.

    bring it on and see how madrid and most of the other big clubs cope with it, with out being bailed out all the time


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