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FIFA President Ponders Premier Leagues Future

FIFA President Ponders Premier Leagues Future

With only eight of the 20 Premier League clubs in English hands, FIFA President Sepp Blatter ponders whether Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool will stand the test of time.

'There's danger,' FIFA's president warned the media at the European Parliament on Monday.

'These people arrive, buy the clubs but they can leave at any moment. That creates a risk of instability for these teams and the competition as a whole.'

'Ideally a way should be found for clubs to be financed by local investors.'

'There should also be a control of these clubs' finances. But I don't have a miracle remedy. It's an important topic for discussion that we should have with UEFA'

'It's a logical phenomenon,'
he explained. 'The Premier League is the most attractive championship. You see English football on television all around the world. there's an immense market.'

Who owns who?

Roman Abramovich (Chelsea) - Estimated worth: £11.7 billion
Abu Dhabi United Group (Manchester City) - Estimated worth: £444 billion
Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) - Estimated worth: £894 million
Mohamed al-Fayed (Fulham) - Estimated worth: £555m
Steve Gibson (Middlesbrough) - Estimated worth: £112 million
Dave Whelan (Wigan Athletic) - Estimated worth: £200m
Arsenal's non-quoted plc (Arsenal) - Estimated worth: Unknown
Malcolm Glazer (Manchester United) - Estimated worth: £1.2 billion
Drumaville Consortium (Sunderland) - Estimated worth: Unknown
Alexandre Gaydamak (Portsmouth) - Estimated worth: Unknown
The Walker Trust (Blackburn) - Estimated worth: £300 million
Paul Duffen (Hull City) - Estimated worth: Unknown
Peter Coates (Stoke City) - Estimated worth: £200m
Joe Lewis (Tottenham Hotspur) - Estimated worth: £2.8 billion
Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson (West Ham) - Estimated worth: £500m
Eddie Davies (Bolton) - Estimated worth: £60 million
Bill Kenwright (Everton) - Estimated worth: £30m
Tom Hicks and George Gillett (Liverpool) - Estimated: worth £1.4 billion
Mike Ashley (Newcastle United) - Estimated worth: £1.4 billion
Jeremy Peace (West Brom) - Estimated worth: £35m

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Date:Wednesday October 8 2008
Time: 2:06PM


This guy is a plank.......even if you found a local investor whats to stop them selling up and moving on whenever they want....
M19 Blue
08/10/2008 14:19:00
Absolutely M19 Blue. There's no reason to believe a "local" investor will be more loyal to the interests of the club he owns. London clubs apart, how many actually live in the town or city where their club is based anyway? Or is Blatter just trying to say that it should be a national thing? Either way, what probably has more relevance is the business acumen of the people who own a club. If they are a clever businessman they will know how to develop the club and make it successful. Rich amateurs can actually be dangerous. I can think of a couple but It's probably not appropriate to mention their names to the fans in Leeds and Newcastle.
08/10/2008 14:27:00
how can anyone tell someone else who can own their busines....ort how it should be run.....if they are trading within the law and rules for that type of business.....then what can they do..........and....they cant start moving the goalposts just to stop someone they dont want running a club, or mark my will end up in the courts....and then Fifa or Uefa or the prem will come unstuck "big time"......
08/10/2008 14:49:00
Typical Blatter drivel! He just doesn't like the thought of the Premier League being the most exciting league in the world.
08/10/2008 14:55:00
If Blatter has his way then Russia will rule the Football world with all their Oliogarchs taking over most of the Russian Clubs. What will he say then ?
08/10/2008 22:11:00
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