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Fifa president Sepp Blatter is worried that the Premier League's worldwide appeal is damaging the global game.

"I have my concerns because the Premier League is the strongest in the world, definitely," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It is taking over in such a manner that the other leagues have difficulties to match it."

Blatter also believes that the England's top flight has an unhealthy imbalance of power, with only a handful of clubs contesting the title.

"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," he added.


Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 there have only been four different winners, compared to six different champions over the previous 16 seasons.

Blatter is also concerned about the influx of foreign players and owners into England's top clubs that has accompanied the Premier League's runaway commercial success.

He said he would attempt to convince Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore to impose a minimum requirement for home-grown talent on the pitch and warned that domestic owners might provide better stewardship through the economic downturn.

"I want to try to, if not persuade him (Richard Scudamore), then at least influence him in his thoughts that to have a minimum of local players will enhance the quality of his league," he said.

"At the moment in the economic crisis, maybe the big investors and the big companies, will have less money to go in than local or regional investors who will be there because they identify themselves with the club."

And Blatter warned that England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, a key part of a so-called "golden decade" of sport for the UK, faced serious competition.

Nine other expressions of interest have been made, with Russia and joint bids from Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium making up the competition from the rest of Europe.

"What is the advantage of England?" said Blatter.

"If you look at the the technical infrastructure for stadiums and the organisation of football matches on the level of 50,000 people and upwards then they are ready to organise it, but they are not the only one."
 

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If the Premier League power brokers can help oust this clown, then I would be quick to admit the astonishing success of the EPL.
 

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"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," he added.
Brilliant, Blatter! :happy: Now watch the standings of serie A! Sampdoria were near the relegation zone a few weeks ago, now the 7th place is not far... and so is the relegation zone!

14/20 clubs of serie A play not to be relegated :thumbsup:

Great Blatter, you have learnt the existence of big clubs which dominate the leagues! :party:
 

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also believes that the England's top flight has an unhealthy imbalance of power, with only a handful of clubs contesting the title.

"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," he added.


Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 there have only been four different winners, compared to six different champions over the previous 16 seasons.
Sure every team in Italy, Spain has a chance of winning the league:rollani:
 

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As good as the EPL is, it's a joke. Over 60% foreign players for crying out loud.
 

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As good as the EPL is, it's a joke. Over 60% foreign players for crying out loud.
Dude 60% is a made-up statistic(it's probably higher than that) and what does it matter anywho? International football exists for a reason.
 

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Dude 60% is a made-up statistic(it's probably higher than that) and what does it matter anywho? International football exists for a reason.
Have a league made up of foreign players only and you have a nation of spectators, not players.
 

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Have a league made up of foreign players only and you have a nation of spectators, not players.
What is your point again? The Premiership makes a shitload of money, and how many of Brazil and Argentina's starters play in the Brazilian and Argie leagues?
 

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What is your point again? The Premiership makes a shitload of money, and how many of Brazil and Argentina's starters play in the Brazilian and Argie leagues?
So what if it makes a lot of money ? It doesn't help the NT or youth development, and the clubs become plastic in my eyes.
The Brazilian and Argentine leagues are still pretty good and the vast majority of their players are home grown.

Might as well call it the Worl Elite League in 5 years time instead of the English Premier League.
 

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It isn't really the English League, where you have teams like Arsenal with hardly any English players. The premier league is the best league only because of the foreigners lighting it up. If the 6+5 rule gets implied then it will lose it's status as the best league in the world. Everyone here in England knows that, that's why they call the decision ridiculous, so it won't stand.
I know the English players are not good enough compared to the Spaniards or the Italians.
 

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Well it was declared legal by an independent study. Whether the lawyers can successfully argue it in the ECJ is a different story. There may well be a way around it but meh.

Oh and it's the same in all 3 top leagues. The French league is ridiculously uncompetitive. Only the Bundesliga really appears competitive.
 

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It's funny how people in this country support free movement of workers in this instance but don't in other instances when it involves migrant workers in other areas of the employment sector.
 

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Actually this year French league is pretty competitive :

1 Lyon 27 15 8 4 17 53
2 Paris-SG 27 16 4 7 14 52
3 Marseille 27 13 10 4 15 49
4 Toulouse 27 13 10 4 14 49
5 Bordeaux 27 13 8 6 14 47
6 Lille 27 12 10 5 10 46

Spanish league is currently the most uncompetitive league with Barca and Real only capable of challenging for the title. Atleti, Sevilla, Villarreal, Valencia have good teams but are not on the same level. Atleti though has the most potential.

England has its big4 with Liverpool apparently uncapable of challenging.

Italy has Milan, Inter, Juve as the big ones with Roma and Fiorentina a tad bit weaker.

But Blatter is an idiot. How come its not normal that a lot of the clubs are fighting for survival ? Tight competition makes the league interesting.
 

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I really doubt Lyon won't win the league though...

I'm not for the 6+5 rule, it might help the Serbian league keep players longer but I like watching leagues with the very best players in them. If a league wants to be competitive then they should sort themselves out. Like for example, our league, if the clubs were to be privatised and the league was to sort itself out players might stay longer as they would be able to offer better wages etc.
 

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Instead of attacking the English league's success and good management in creating a great commercial product, why doesn't he encourage the other leagues to take a look at the English blueprint of combatting corruption, racism, hooligans and bad management.
 
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