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Michel Platini may ban Manchester City from European competitions

They’d have to get to the European competitions first!

Michel Platini

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.”

9 responses so far
  • BlueSte // February 6, 2009 at 8:44 am

    How can he say this when Man United are £800m in debt, and many of the rest of the G14 can hardly hold their heads up high when it comes to their financial position. At least City’s wealth is personal wealth and not finance secured on future success. Now if he said that only clubs who owed nothing to the banks were allowed in European competition, that would make far more sense, and open up the major european competitions to the true football clubs who normally wouldn’t stand a chance.

  • Peter // February 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Anyone else think it’s a little strange that Platini seems to value houses, planes and boats higher than people.

    It’s certainly not only City that this would affect. Not many premiership clubs live within their means these days (and many are heavily in debt) so it would be interesting to see who would qualify for European competition under his guidleines.

    I suspect the situation is the same in most of the major European leagues.

  • Matt // February 6, 2009 at 9:16 am

    What a joke- its not like we will probably make Europe anyway, but I can’t see how you could legally do it anyway? Most premiership teams live beyond their means anyway!

  • Paul Dean // February 6, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Ah, but what he’ll do is to start NOW with a clean sheet, so all your Chelsea’s, Man Utd’s, Inter Milan’s, Juventus, Real Madrid’s etc WON’T COUNT, it will be from 2009 and so stop Man City from catching the big boys. Platini has a problem with the UK, we should resist most things he comes up with because he is well and truly biased against us as a nation. let’s think, what nationality is he ? Ah yes, French, that says it all. ( sorry other nice French people ).

  • sven // February 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

    the man’s a complete f*ckwit! Let’s ban all clubs with any debt, Oh, and while we’re at it let’s ban anyone with a rich backer.

    Speaking personally I’d ban anyone playing in red shirts, american owners and scottish or spanish managers.

  • Manc // February 6, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Michel Platini = Crud

    Crud – –noun
    1. Slang. a. a deposit or coating of refuse or of an impure or alien substance; muck.

    b. a filthy, repulsive, or contemptible person.

    c. something that is worthless, objectionable, or contemptible.

    d. prevarication, exaggeration, or flattery.

    e. a nonspecific, imaginary, or vaguely defined disease or disorder of the body: jungle crud.

    f. any unpleasant external ailment, disorder, or the like, as a skin rash.

    g. venereal disease, esp. syphilis.

    h. Vulgar. dried semen.

  • Lazyfox // February 8, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Michel is a woman’s name. ha.

  • Ryan Failey // February 9, 2009 at 3:27 am

    don’t remember him pipping-up when real madrid were tapping up players left and right and spend record fee’s on Zidane, ronaldo and figo.

    he need to stick a baguette up he arse and piss off.

  • UTD FAN NO.1 // February 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I hope he does. City are too much, I mean, paying 150 million euros for Kaka? Stupid.

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