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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.