I have had a very bad morning. I have discovered that I agree with Michel Platini about something. Can you imagine what that feels like?
The Uefa president has launched a stinging attack on the sudden increase of foreign owners in the English Premier League.
He said: “If you bring people from Qatar and there is no-one from Liverpool or Manchester at the club, where is Liverpool or Manchester? I think it is not good. I think the Qataris should invest in Qatar. They should develop the football in each country. Can we do something against it? I will try to.”
Of course, Manchester City are the latest Premier League side to have been taken over by overseas investors and Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham seem likely to follow soon.
Platini seems genuinely concerned by the number of foreign owners, managers and players in the English game;
“Do you want in Liverpool an Arab sheikh as president with one Brazilian coach and nine or 11 African players? Where is Liverpool in that? We have to make some rules. What is football? Football is a game and this game has become popular because of the identity. You have to have identity, that is where football’s popularity lies.”
Platini went on to say that Uefa was looking at way of introducing Europe-wide regulations.
“Can we do something against it? I will try to do something, I am not sure it will be possible to do that but I have to see European law, English law, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian, many.”
It’s no good. I agree with everything he has said. I never thought the day would come. I need help.
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