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Michel 'Platters' And His Earnings Plan

Michel 'Platters' And His Earnings Plan

BlueWolfie sent Vital Manchester City the following.

Michel 'Platters' plan of clubs living within their mean is still doing the rounds. But will it ever happen? Doubtful, says I.

First of all clubs must be on a level playing field (no pun intended), for it to be fair and balanced. When it comes into effect clubs could spend ridiculous amounts in the run-up to such a law and then fall in line after it. That means for every professional club in the world taxation must be the same, subsidies too, and of course the movement of players. If not (which is the case at present), then several clubs will be at a far greater disadvantage to others. This is not forgetting those in the upper echelons already earn far more and therefore would be more likely to stay there (perhaps Platters plan all along). However, what exactly are, earnings?

The legal definition states: the share of a company's profits remaining after the distribution of dividends that is kept as capital. Fair enough, but what constitutes a specific line of income as earnings?

Obviously, there is TV revenue, advertising, ticket sales, merchandise, and selling of players, for example. However, a gift or donation is, under British law counted as an 'earning'. On top of that there is no law stipulating how much any organisation can charge for a service, so long as it is transparent.


Those clubs who have big backers (ourselves, and Chelsea for example), can receive a donation from their prospective owners, or charge as much as they want for an executive box, parking place, or a little board in the corner of the ground that declares the club's owners as 'a very nice person'.

What this would actually create would be a bigger problem than exists now. Clubs who spend heavily to stay where they are (or go further), would no longer be able to do so and would quickly disappear into obscurity due to lack of funds. This would leave only a relatively small hand-full of clubs (in Europe in particular) that have the means to do what ever the hell they want. Not very good for the future of the game, I'm sure you'd agree.

I do kind of understand what Platters is trying to do, but it will never work because we live in a capitalistic society and the problem that exists has essentially been created by football's governing bodies themselves. FIFA invoked the beast, and now the beast is too big there is nothing they can do about it.

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Date:Tuesday November 24 2009
Time: 2:42PM


Thats a good article and i completly agree FIFA created this mess. I would like to say however would any of this be even mentioned or thought of if the rich benefactors you and chelsea have were backing spanish, french or italian clubs? me thinks not
24/11/2009 15:59:00
Oh it would be mentioned, most definitely. However, were it not for the benefactors we so gratefully have, it would have been done from the other side of the coin, in that we would be one of countless teams disappearing into obscurity. It was never (and I know you didn't mention it) an article that was all about 'Ha! Do what you want, because we will survive and very easily too'. I don't want temas to disappear, I am a football fan, and therefore never want to see it come into effect.
24/11/2009 16:45:00
i think you misunderstood me wolfie i meant would Platini of mentioned it not yourself. i am also a football fan which is why i came on here when i saw the article and i daresay we would do ok aswell were not exactly short of a bob or 2 infact before your chaps there was only 2 clubs with billionaire owners chelski and us its just we are run a bit more in the traditional way. thats not to have a pop at you part of me would love to spend the kinda money you guys do. my original point stands i dont think it would of been mentioned
24/11/2009 16:51:00
Another top article Wolfie, however I can only see Platini's latest plan backfiring in spectacular fashion as by trying to level the playing field in this manner, I believe that he will create an even greater divide as rich owners will be creative in their ways to inject as much cash as possible into their clubs to ensure that their spending power sets them apart from the others.
24/11/2009 19:11:00
Apologies jljyid, and yes, maybe you have a point there, but, Real Madrid find themselves in a postion where they are bankrolled by external forces, just to keep the club as the most recognisable. Where does that fit into Platters scheme? It doesn't of course, which was my point. I don't support anyone else but City (QPR are you?), but I don't want them to disappear - okay, maybe the Rags LOL
24/11/2009 20:04:00
i emailed FIFA and basically what i said was it was time for a whole restructering of the running of football.the same would apply for UEFA. the two groups are behind the times and ripe with corruption.
24/11/2009 22:14:00
mcfcirish - let me know if they respond and i'll glady publish.
24/11/2009 22:16:00
Fifa seem to be meddling in Football in a way no modern government would dare with their own society, and in so doing may well sanitize our game into oblivion. Inequalities in club size, tradition, income, culture, all lead to the differences we as fans recognise as unique to our clubs, and something we love (mostly!). These differences can lead to innovation, clubs like Wimbledon get to the top and win silverware through sheer grit and determination, teams like Barnsley get into the Premier league and claim they model their style on the Brazil team! How can we have the joy of Giant killing if there are no Giants? (Altrincham are my second team - many fantastic memories of them in the Cup!) Why mess with the very basics which make football globally loved? Sometimes I despair. It's Grim Oop North
It's Grim Oop North
24/11/2009 22:52:00
FIFA + UEFA = coruption simple. I dont believe anything they do is for the good of the game its all about serving there own personnal interests. as you can tell i dont like these 2 lol
25/11/2009 10:02:00
wolfie the real madrid situation is disgusting yourself and chelsea get moaned at for how they are run and do business but madrid get nothing kinda proves my above post
25/11/2009 10:03:00
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