Sepp Blatter criticises the Premier League for the millionth time
Daft old man delivers some more sanctimony
The BBC were granted the opportunity to speak to FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Johannesburg, but could barely hear him over the broken record that kept playing.
The Swiss has launched yet another attack on the greatest league in the world, and this time his protestations are based around the fact that nine Premier League clubs have foreign owners:
“In France, Germany and Spain there are by-laws that say owners must be from the same country.
“This does not exist in the Premier League and it is a problem we must address.”
After suggesting a restriction on international economic trade within a free market – something that contravenes the conventions of capitalism and nowhere near the jurisdiction of FIFA – Blatter went on to win the “who can say ‘fair play’ the most” competition:
We have spoken before about financial fair play. Financial fair play is not only a licensing system and financing control but financing fair play means also that all participants should observe a minimum of fair play.
The Spoiler agrees with Blatter in principle: foreign ownership is becoming increasingly dangerous and clubs – like any other businesses – should not spend beyond their means.
However, the old goat’s hypocrisy is simply too much for us: he continually criticises overspending in the Premiership, but praises Real Madrid when they spaff €160m on two players in less than a fortnight. At the time of C-Ron’s record-breaking transfer, he said:
Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing is good for football. It shows the market of the sport is healthy despite the world financial crisis.
We should be allowed to be generous about this. This market is very sensitive because there is a financial crisis, but the football market is still a good one.
Why on earth would the FIFA president possess such double standards? Oh yes, that’s it. He’s a Real Madrid fan.