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Platini hits out

Platini hits out

Whilst, not absolving those that have been 'running' Pompey, and rightly so, from the blame four our problems Michel Platini has 'hit out' at the premier league for not doing more to prevent this from happening...

All in all it seems that as long as the money is rolling in that is all that matters to the big wigs at premier league towers - with Dick Scudamore quick to absolve the premier league from any blame for our plight, which I have always felt was wrong.

Once again I will say that blaming everyone else cannot be the case but looking a little closer to home is something those 'governing' the game could also do with doing.

Platini, talking to The Times, believes that closer checks -and tabs - should be kept on the spending being done to ensure that this is in line with what is realistically affordable for clubs to prevent the spiralling debts of just about all premier league clubs going completely out of control, as they appear to be with most clubs: 'I'm not in favour of the big liberalism of what has happened with the English clubs.

'I'm not an expert of finance, but it was easy to understand that clubs like Portsmouth would be in big danger of going bankrupt and going down. We have to protect them. Why was this club winning (the FA Cup in 2008) with losses of £50million?

'When I was younger, I remember seeing people with no money buy Ferraris - and then, because of the Ferrari, they would get the best girls!

'That's not correct, but it's what has happened in football: you don't have the money to buy the players, but you get the players and in the end you cheat and win the competition. That's not correct.'

Of course the premier league responded by issuing their own statement, which said: 'had we been able to introduce our financial criteria a year earlier, that would have certainly helped ease the problems faced by Portsmouth.

'The new rules, which we believe will help clubs operate in a more sustainable manner, combined with further regulations to be introduced this summer, should prevent another club in the Premier League reaching the point where their very existence is threatened.

'Having said that, regulation is not a cure-all. There are numerous examples of clubs in leagues deemed to be more heavily regulated than the Premier League that have got into difficulties.'

Platini has often been accused of being 'anti-English', in all honesty I had thought this too - but our increasing problems, Pompey's as a club, and the English game have really opened my eyes to a lot of things and many of his views from the months, and years, gone by are - all in all - pretty fair to be honest.

I know other countries do things that English clubs might seem to be criticised more for, but lets face it English football is in meltdown and most of this is down to the premier league, this IS killing football - a gradual decline has been seen over the years and serious cracks are now starting to show. If change does not happen then English football will die out...

People that have been running Portsmouth Football Club, so poorly over the years, do need to be held accountable of course - and actions such as NOT paying charities money is as low as you can get, the person(s) who did not pass on these payments should be held accountable to the fullest extent. But, as said the premier league cannot be blamed for all of our problems, and the problems of the English game, but they need to start accepting more of the blame and doing more to help turn things around - sadly the worry is that until the money cow that is the premier league dries up things will never really improve as much as they would need to, and by the time this does happen it could be too late!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday April 28 2010
Time: 11:08AM

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Platini is an anti English ****. Maybe true in your case, but there are so many other clubs in debt in other leagues, he's got to train his guns here..
JT_daniel
28/04/2010 11:33:00
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There seems to be a slur that our success was a fraud. Suggestions we cheated to win the FA Cup in 2008 by having players we couldn't afford!!! We could afford them until Sasha 7 his dad stopped footing the bills. The muppets that followed didn't do their due diligence & had no cash & interest in us. As for frog face he can s0d off too.
storagematt
28/04/2010 12:20:00
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Platini would know all about "cheating" being French
jolf
28/04/2010 13:02:00
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Our game has been ruined by too much going to too few. The big boys are killing our game and it won't be long before ever more of our clubs are caught in the money trap.
stellarnw
28/04/2010 17:14:00
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I totally agree with you Matt, about this 'cheating' slur, and it could happen to others as well. But I do (for once in my life) agree with some of what frog-face says - there should be more regulation of football clubs, because football as a whole (not just Pompey) cannot keep its own house in order. Salary caps, limits on the % of the clubs income that is allowed to be debt, and something done about all these payments that managers, ceo's and agents cream off from transfer deals. That would be a good place to start.
tracyc
28/04/2010 19:02:00
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Platini is right, but he shouldn't just point the finger at the English clubs. I agree with you Tracy - there should be a rate for doing the job, no bonuses for CEOs, managers etc. for transfers and the agent usage should be overhauled.
PFCblue
29/04/2010 14:24:00
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