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I think the guy just hates the english. There seems to be one set of rules for the english and a differant set for the rest. On top of below post Platini doesnt seem to mind Real Madrid getting bailed out of trouble by their local counsel (they are always spending more then they actually have!!!).:rollani:

Following a brilliant season for United, we scooped a sweet £33.9 million from Champions league television and merchandise alone, dwarfing the respective money clubs on the continent earned.

Anti-English UEFA president, Michel Platini, who has already branded United “cheats” in the past month, was none too pleased. The fact that three of the four Champions League semi-final places have been taken up by English teams in the past two seasons is certainly a concern for him.

In 2003 when the situation was the same of Italian teams, with AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan all reaching the semi-finals, UEFA took no issue with it. Likewise in 2000, when Barcelona, Valencia and Real Madrid took up the semi-final places.

When the figures of United’s mammoth takings last season, as part of the £102 million the four English clubs earned, were announced, Platini was none too happy.

William Gaillard, UEFA communications director and special adviser to the organisation’s president Michel Platini, spoke out in complaint. “We are well aware there are some imbalances in the revenue distribution which have a negative effect in national leagues by widening the gap between the rich and not so rich,” he said. “We will talk to the clubs and see how they feel, and try to convince them that in the longer run it is not in their interest if, because of the way money is distributed, national leagues become too imbalanced.”

So Platini feels as though it’s unacceptable for wealth not to be evenly distributed, that we should make things fair for all clubs. Then five days later he completely contradicts himself.


Following Real Madrid’s ridiculous pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, United reported the Spanish club to FIFA. This complaint was rejected, something which Michel Platini supported, when backing Real Madrid’s hounding of our player.

“Every club in the world would like to have Ronaldo,” he said. “It’s part of the system we have today. Players move from club to club and I can understand why Real Madrid want him. They had Di Stefano and Puskas in the past, and as Ronaldo is considered one of the best or the best player in the world it’s normal. If the club has the finances they can do it so, if they don’t have the money they can’t.”

So because Real Madrid can afford to pay £70 million for Ronaldo, it means they are fully entitled to speak about him to the media every couple of days. Some clubs have the money, so can do what they like, and the clubs that don’t, should keep schtum.

If it’s alright for Real Madrid to be loaded and conduct themselves in whichever way they see fit, (behaviour which even Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, and Bayern Munich’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have criticised), because of the unequal distribution of money in football, where does Platini get off condoning this behaviour, whilst criticising the fact United have a similar unequal distribution of dosh because of television funds?

If you’ve got it, spend it, seems to be the general message in reguards to Real Madrid. Unless “you” is Manchester United, or any other English club, in which case we will seek to prevent you getting the money you are entitled to.

The incompetency and bias of the FA and UEFA never ceases to amaze me!
 

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Source? The Sun?...
 

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And Man Utd stole/kidnapped Davide Petrucci from Roma (one of our greater talents). Big deal.
 

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This "analysis" is almost as dumb as Platini himself. First, the two statements do not directly contradict each other (different distribution of revenues in the future doesn't mean clubs can't spend the money they have now in whatever way they like) and second the first statement was not even made by Platini...
 

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I agree with the OP. Platini wants to break the EPL as strongest league in the world in favour of his latin friends. Platini's a ****ing ****.
 

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It's only fair if Platini and UEFA mess with the English. They were favored during Fat Cat's reign so...bending the rules to allow five English teams into the CL etc...
 

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He is pro manUtd, he wants to help them cash in on CRon.

Reducing debts of Manutd, that the Glazers made, is surely positive.
 

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Although the original post was abit hmmmm, Platini is blatantly anti English, Blatter is an allround arse to everyone but Platini is on a mission, and it isnt Britsh media sensationalising it for once.It's constant genuine statements of dissatisfaction of anything Anglo.
 

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Footballers are tools, Platini is no different.
 

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I didnt write the piece myself I only posted it (was on a united fan article).

I think its true though. Why wasnt there a problem in europe when the italians and spanish were dominating the big competition? They didnt mind english clubs struggling to get back into europe and dealing with the foreigners rule.

And as for English clubs robbing italian players thats a totally differant issue and you should complain to your own fa that Italian clubs cant sign youngsters on full time professional contracts (not anybody elses fault) or whatever they do in italy and spain to limit clubs abilities to tie youngsters into contracts.

Fact is that Platini is anti english in everything he has said and suggested. Blatter was just a clown and useless to everybody Platini has made it his business to stop the english league capitalising on their recent rise in football. and like I said he has not mentioned real madrids debt or how they have been bailed out in the past!!!!
 

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I didnt write the piece myself I only posted it (was on a united fan article).

I think its true though. Why wasnt there a problem in europe when the italians and spanish were dominating the big competition? They didnt mind english clubs struggling to get back into europe and dealing with the foreigners rule.
In his defense, Platini wasn't in the UEFA presidency when the Italians and the Spanish dominated the competition. So you can't compare the attitude. In any case, it's not that he hates the English, because some of his ideas weren't good for the other 2 big leagues and you know it.

And as for English clubs robbing italian players thats a totally differant issue and you should complain to your own fa that Italian clubs cant sign youngsters on full time professional contracts (not anybody elses fault) or whatever they do in italy and spain to limit clubs abilities to tie youngsters into contracts.
Still I do think it's something that UEFA should regulate, because it's causing some distorsion in the youth systems of several countries.

Fact is that Platini is anti english in everything he has said and suggested. Blatter was just a clown and useless to everybody Platini has made it his business to stop the english league capitalising on their recent rise in football. and like I said he has not mentioned real madrids debt or how they have been bailed out in the past!!!!
And what UEFA can do about Madrid's debt. If they have it, something that I don't know, it's their problem and it'll have its effects in the future. Just like it happens with Man Utd's debt.

The first post is full of contradictions and lack of knowledge about the reality. Platini can control the economic awards that UEFA give to the CL clubs, but this rule would apply to everyone I guess. But, at the end, they can not do much about the imbalanced economic power among the leagues of Europe.

In Spain, the majority of the income of the clubs have the origin in the TV deals they signed with media, aside the shirt sponsors, etc.. The CL incomes do not have as much weight.

UEFA can not control the individual deals of each club with their sponsors and the TVs. For example, Madrid and Barcelona signed a 1,100M € deal with Mediapro (a company that owns a TV in Spain) for the 2009-2016 period. That is more than 150M per season for the next 7 years. Aside this, Barça (30M per season) and Madrid (23M per season) have their deals with Nike and Adidas and other sponsors (Madrid with Bwin, 25M per season).

With these figures, you can easily see that any decision regarding the CL economic awards do not have so much weight in their incomes (although they obviously have). In that sense, what can do Platini to stop Madrid?

At the same time, the same goes for Man Utd or any English club. The EPL is known for their great TV and sponsorship deals, which I'm sure they are way more important than the CL money.

I don't really see the connection between UEFA and the Ronaldo case and all these talk about the money.
 

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So these youth laws everyone is pining for will aply across all nations? No body can sign 16 year olds from Hungary, Australia, Ghana , Bolivia etc and they have to stay there until they are 18? Purely so 16 year olds cant leave Spain, France and Italy? Brilliant work laws.Look at your own government, i think it's called freedom and rights at work in said country's that need to be addressed.Not whether or not England can employ bright and skilled foreign people in there stronger economy.

Do we also bar potential lawyers and doctors from getting educated in England?

This doesnt need a reply by the way because i have clearly blown every other theory out the water.

Thankyou.
 

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English teams thieve players simply because their youth sucks. Load of bollox.
 

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At the same time, the same goes for Man Utd or any English club. The EPL is known for their great TV and sponsorship deals, which I'm sure they are way more important than the CL money.
Not really, EPL TV rights get shared equally between the Premiership clubs, the big clubs are not allowed to sign independent deals. This is why small Premiership teams now have massive transfer budgets.
 

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The contradiction in Platini's statement and Uefa's official stance has been clear from day one.

And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that platini does not like england

Whether thats a bad thing is debatable? :D:D but its obvious he is as anti England as Blatter is anti Italian.

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Not really, EPL TV rights get shared equally between the Premiership clubs, the big clubs are not allowed to sign independent deals. This is why small Premiership teams now have massive transfer budgets.
Yes, I know, but they do not depend on UEFA. At the end, the way the EPL share the money is a decision of the EPL clubs, not a UEFA decision.
 

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I don't really see the connection between UEFA and the Ronaldo case and all these talk about the money.
With regards to your other comments I do think that Platini is anti english in everything he has commented on (mentioned cl finalists debt but nothing about madrids).

Regarding the ronaldo transfer he has basically endorsed any club thats looking to force another to sell a player on a long term contract. "Any team would want ronaldo" i mean WTF. Everybody knows that madrid are breaking every rule in the book to get him and its not like they are even making a secret of it.

And then theres the point on the debts again. If Madrid are already in debt and are talking about buying a player who could cost up to 80mil shouldnt that be something Monsier Platini should have an uppety opinion on? Seems like hes only concerned about english clubs getting in debt!!!
 

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Sorry, but Platini is the best thing happening to UEFA in many many years. He is right in everything he said about this issue.

The EPL has become a commerce, a product. Clubs are ruled as companies, it is probably the most overcommercialised league in the world. If, despite massive profits, several clubs hardly survive financially (see Liverpool as an example), there is a problem. Platini is the first UEFA president that dares to tackle this issue, unlike the former UEFA leaders who just turned a blind eye to it.

Is Platini biased against the English? Rubbish. The fact happens to be that English clubs have dominated Europe the last seasons and still are swamped in debts, this is a serious issue and Platini has every right to be concerned. The fact no comments came when Spanish or Italian clubs dominated the CL, is irrelevant because this was before Platini came in charge. If he had been in charge back then, I am sure he would have outed equally big concerns.

I am not saying the guy is a messiah to save European football, but he is by far the best president UEFA has had in decades. He has a very difficult task to clean up the mess left behind by the former UEFA leaders, but so far the guy gives me the impression he is capable of actually clean up that mess.
 
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