Sepp Blatter launches another attack on the Premier League

FIFA’s President is worried once more about English dominance

FIFA President Sepp Blatter

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.

4 responses so far
  • Sarah // March 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Sepp Blatter is ridiculous…..I’ve honestly never heard him say more than two competent thoughts in a row….

  • Macdara // March 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    It seems like Sepp isn’t getting his palms greased by the FA/Premier League. Football is a beautiful game, but the people who run it are a lowly and dishonourable bunch. Its the same in every country. Sepp Blatter is an embarassment to world sport, corrupt and untouchable.

  • Joey // March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    This is just like all the people here in the states that argue for more salary caps and revenue sharing. Guess what? The mid- and small-market teams could do better if the owners weren’t just in it for a huge profit and mooching off the big markets.
    That’s why I’ve grown to love your football out there. The teams play for pride and the fans love it. Every game matters. (at least more so than our sports)

  • Josie // March 7, 2009 at 2:21 am

    I think it is a “continental thing.” Blatter was not that upset when Spain and Italy had the strong teams. Just my 2 cents.

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