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Get City: Ill Advised Platini Wades In With Threat

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If any of us across Planet Blue thought there weren't any more football hacks or personalities left to go after City over 'Kakagate,' then we can think again...

In an astonishing attack, the UEFA President who has presided over the systematic greed, astronomical debt, rule breaking and competition domination of Europe's biggest football clubs has foolishly decided to declare his own belief in the AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's self serving spin that announced City fee and salary offers for Kaka that didn't reach the negotiating table.

The UEFA President's decision to single City out as the root of all footballing evil beggars belief:

'How can a guy cost 150 million (£131m)? For me it's ridiculous from a football, social and financial point of view.

'If you want to buy a plane for 150m or a boat, you can do. But for a man? For me it's bad. It's not possible. But it's why we have to do something.

'I'm finding a system where you can spend what you have. If one Sheikh brings 150m for Kaka then you have to put his salary on top of the transfer fee.

'If the club go over their income with the player's salary plus fee, they can be banned from our competitions because they don't respect their budget. It's about a licensing system where clubs spend within their income.

'Clubs who are banned will be replaced by those further down the table of that country who meet the criteria. It's not to disturb football but to protect it. Many owners have asked me to find a system. I have to do that as president of UEFA.'

Protect who, Mr. Platini? The monopoly of European football's elite clubs that you've done little more than bluster about for years?

Platini then turned to patronising the club who won last season's FA Youth Cup with a raft of kids who had been at the club since they were 9 years old against a Chelsea youth side bought in from all over the globe...

'City can have a young player from Manchester who comes to their training centre and becomes Kaka. They don't have to buy someone for 150m because they have their academy.'

City started last weekend's fixture at Stoke City with FOUR MCFC Academy players in the XI that took the field, with a fifth on the bench.

Only four of the starting XI at Stoke originated from outside Britain and Ireland.

This happens week in, week out at Manchester City and it's a glaring fact that the hacks who feed the likes of Michel Platini singularly fail to recognise, even moreso since His Highness Sheikh Mansour bought the club.

Sheikh Mansour, City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarrak, Executive Chairman Garry Cook and Manager Mark Hughes have all publicly expressed the intention to blend international stars with graduates from City's brilliant academy and the proof is in the continuing team selection.

Mr. Platini's public criticism of Manchester City is at best, ill informed and at worst, absolutely ignorant.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 6 2009

Time: 8:16AM

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Would this rule about spending more than your income also apply to Chelski ???....or is it just a rule for those OUTSIDE of the top four ???
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06/02/2009 08:45:00

The shepherd proves to be just another sheep. Is anyone that surprised? Football's governong bodies will get nowhere employing ex-players (who IMO are not intellectually fit to manage such powerful institutions), but should consider employing the finest minds from the business and legal fields who will think before spouting such mindless rubbish. Platini has always had a penchant for ill-advised remarks, it's perhaps time for him to resign and give the job to someone with half a brain.
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06/02/2009 09:03:00

If there is a way to stop City....people like him will do it.....even if it means inventing new rules to do it.....
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06/02/2009 09:15:00

Hey fellas its jealousy plain and simple. They hate the fat that there are some teams who DARE to try to break into this cosy little monopoly of theirs. I was hoping that one of those teams might be us at the lane god knows we have spent enough but if it isnt going to be us then hopefully you or villa will do. With your spending clout now you become a major danger to them just as the chavskis did when their russki arrived. I just hope that your board look at our mistakes and give sparky the time and not look for some foriegn messiah. Good luck City hope you knock one of those tw**s out of their comfy existence soon. Would love to see it and who knows maybe we'll even join ya (NOT holding my breath lol).
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06/02/2009 09:22:00

I think Platini is looking at it the wrong way round, he should be asking why did Milan set the fee so high. I am sure as businessman ADUG would want to puchase for the lowest price possible. Milan set the price, all we were willing to do was meet it.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/02/2009 09:44:00

I mean if you cap transfer fees then you have to cap wages.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/02/2009 09:48:00

Clubs have been splashing cash for ages, look at Leeds, Lazio, Blackburn etc. No-one ever ommitted them from european competition. The entire argument is rediculous. Even if fees are inflated, you either pay them or you dont. Clubs can want to sell their players or they might not want to. Its simple economics and we at the top. Next step is top of the league.
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06/02/2009 10:24:00

Why he not talk about Real Madrid offer for Ronaldo, who arrived at 80 million euros last summer !!! We will see in the next summer if he will talk about Kaka and Real Madrid .
city 81
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06/02/2009 10:36:00

I mean if you bring this in, it will make the divide even greater for those clubs at the top will be the only ones eligible to purchase the best players. It would not allow a club like ours to expand and grow, because we need world class players to attract business in terms of commercial enterprise. Clubs like Queens Park Rangers even though they have a rich owner, they would never get out of the Championship, because their turnover is far lower than say that of Manchester United. If Platini is going to amke a level playing field then make a ceiling for all transfers and wages, then players can decide who they want to play for, but believe me, this would lead to corruption within the game and will not benefit football.Great Article JB. and a big talking point.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/02/2009 10:40:00

Cheers Buzz. What has been spent by the rags down the years and the massive debt they have racked up doesn't seem to register with *****ini.
Johnny Baguette
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06/02/2009 13:36:00

I was trying to work out what 30m the paid for ferdinand is equivalent today.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/02/2009 14:10:00

Let's not only look at the negatives here. This could be good for City. There are several benefits here that people have overlooked: 1 - It'll discourage huge bids for players. I'm not suggesting we made one for Kaka (I reckon Berlusconi lied to the press to be quite frank, I believe the story that says we bidded 53m and he claimed it was higher to raise publicity). This will mean we get no hatemail in the papers about ruining the game. At the same time, all the other clubs around Europe are going to feel the pinch too. With less money being thrown around, expect a mix of longer stays at clubs but also gradually a tendency to allow good players to leave for less. This could well help us, particularly when combined with points 2-4. 2 - We aren't actually that bad for money. Yes, we're running off Sheikh Mansour's money and we aren't European regulars, but for a team in such a position we're probably the richest team in Europe. According to Deloitte we're consistantly in the top 20 teams in the world for income and only just fell off it. Of all the clubs above us, only two aren't regular CL teams - Tottenham and Newcastle. Both of them are likely to suffer under the new guidelines too, and both of them have a history of European football that we just don't. So of all the teams in the world who are self-sufficient, we have a powerful case to be the best. It gets better. Point 3 - we don't own our stadium. Manchester City Council gets 50% of all revenues when our attendances exceed Maine Road's old capacity - which is pretty much every game except cup ties. Sheikh Mansour has already expressed his intention to buy the ground and increase its capacity to 78,000 to make Old Trafford. The City Council have traditionally resisted but I think that if they think that their stubbornness could cause City to collapse - which City will probably argue to them - then they'll change their stance very, very quickly. And the fun thing is that Platini said he wants to restrict wage and transfer spending. The owner will be free to buy the stadium with his own money without penalising us and he can then upgrade it all he wants to. Cue a whole load more match day income. You're looking at maybe 1.5m per game just from ticket sales, which considering a season with no Europe is almost 30m extra. For comparison, this would put us up from 21st in the Deloitte Rich List to 15th - right below Newcastle. Add matchday income and it gets better. And if you can imagine a day when we play the rags in a critical match...even an attendance of 60,000 would bag an whole extra million for 90 minutes of football. This could actually make us very well off, I'm sure that we weren't bleeding 30m a year before Thaksin so we could be looking at an era of similar wage spending and still 20m transfer budget before extra revenue is added, in a world where the transfer market has been reduced and so spending is lower. Considering that you're going to see newly promoted clubs not being able to spend over a million, and clubs like Newcastle and Tottenham probably dropping their spending to similar amounts, this could be a real advantage. Also consider point 4. 4 - What has been often unquoted as every races to print "Platini becomes English hero for City abuse" articles is that he also wants to prevent clubs with debt from playing in Europe. Can you imagine it? Ain't no way Man United are going to pay off their debt. We could actually be looking at a situation where they face a European exile of similar length to ours, and with the same humiliating league drops. 770m of debt really could cause turmoil with the Champions League or even the Europa League for them to showcase on. Liverpool are also likely to have problems, and Chelsea probably will too. So will the lower end clubs who can experience a promotion high, and the bottom half clubs. This could essentially guarantee City Champions League football every year. And it won't only be England that this rule causes chaos in. Why break the Big Four when Platini might do it for us :P Of course, this is still a troubling situation and we could be looking at European football being taken down several notches if Platini gets his way. But let's not all assume that City are being penalised exclusively here and that everyone else is going to be laughing at us as they go unscathed...
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06/02/2009 14:54:00

Wow. I really write a lot when I have something on my mind. Sorry. For those who didn't want to read I'll try to summarise in short: 1 - We might benefit from spending less. No bad press, anyway. 2 - We actually have a fair bit of money already. 21st in Europe for income and that's without Europe. 3 - If we guilt trip the City Council we could buy CoMS and get 30m a year more. 4 - Platini wants to ban clubs with debt. We have no debt. Man United does. Bye bye Big Four.
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06/02/2009 14:56:00

Prolific, Falastur! I wonder what Platini would make of the ongoing plans led by Al Mubarak to reduce the ticket prices at City....?
Johnny Baguette
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06/02/2009 15:18:00

Terrific article-fascinating reading and much food for thought. Thanks for posting!
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06/02/2009 19:32:00

Platini is just an opportunist who likes to get massaged by the Press. The man realised that principles earned less money than toadying and made his decision to join the "Dark Side" of FIFA years ago. He has as much credibility as a Citroen CV.
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07/02/2009 17:54:00


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