Michel Platini may ban Manchester City from European competitions
They’d have to get to the European competitions first!
Michel Platini’s continued his love affair with British clubs yesterday by proclaiming that Manchester City would be banned from competing in Europe if they failed to “respect their budget”. It seems the Kaka saga didn’t impress the UEFA President:
“How can a guy cost €150 million? For me it’s ridiculous — from a football, social and financial point of view.
“If you want to buy a plane for €150m or a boat, you can do. But for a man? For me it’s bad. It’s not possible. But it’s why we have to do something.
“I’m finding a system where you can spend what you have. If one Sheikh brings €150m for Kaka then you have to put his salary on top of the transfer fee.
“If the club go over their income with the player’s salary plus fee, they can be banned from our competitions because they don’t respect their budget. It’s about a licensing system where clubs spend within their income.
“Clubs who are banned will be replaced by those further down the table of that country who meet the criteria. It’s not to disturb football but to protect it. Many owners have asked me to find a system. I have to do that as president of UEFA.”
The ever-so-slightly surly Frenchman has made no secret of his plans to licence every European team, so he can make sure nobody
steps out of line or disagrees with him spends beyond their means. Perhaps a less constrictive alternative for clubs would be to impose a spending limit, as discussed by the European Club Association recently.
While Platini will insist he has the best financial interests of football at heart, we can’t help but think he is just trying to stick the boot into English clubs. In testament to this theory, he continued in the interview above by saying the 39th game proposal was “stupid”, and that we shouldn’t be able to compete at our favourite sport in our home Olympics: “There can’t be a GB team. Great Britain doesn’t exist in football.”