Sepp Blatter launches another attack on the Premier League
FIFA’s President is worried once more about English dominance
It’s rare for a Champions League round to go by without someone in a position of power complaining about how good the English teams are and Sepp Blatter decided it was his turn again last night.
He told the BBC: “It is taking over in such a manner that the other leagues have difficulties to match it.”
The Spoiler can’t remember such a big fuss being made when three Italian sides made the 2002-03 semi-finals and Juventus and AC Milan played out an unwatchable final. The statement also ignores the fact that as many Spanish teams have reached the final as English ones in the last nine years and as many Italian clubs have won it as Premier League sides over the last six.
Blatter also criticised the lack of competition in the Premier League by declaring: “In a competition where two-thirds or three-quarters of the participants in the league play not to be first, but not to be relegated, there is something wrong.”
Apparently it’s escaped the FIFA President’s attention that Inter Milan have spent two-and-a-half years almost constantly top of Serie A, that Barcelona and Real Madrid are miles clear of everyone else in Spain and that Lyon are well on their way to an eighth straight title in France.