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Thursday, May 25

EU looks at Football

The EU is planning on exempting football from competition rules. If they don't make the excemption, Man U and the rest of the G14 could negotiate broadcast rights directly thus depleting the coffers of the other clubs. The EU at the behest of the UK reviewed football and recommends salary caps. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Not granting the exemption would be the death of football across much of the UK and the Americanisation of the sport. On the flip side, not sure if UEFA can police itself. The UK needs to stand firm invoking national interest in the EU changes course and grant the exemption. If the French can draw redlines around media, the UK should take a stand to ensure the Football League survives. Down with the G14 and daft EU regulations Not generally too sanguine about the EU. Their mission has lost its way as this generation can not conceive of the Germans and French ever fighting each other again. Throw in the elites forcing Turkey into the Union and promising entrance to Romania and other Eastern countries and it's easy to understand why the common man dislikes the project http://news.ft.com/cms/s/4404953e-eac2-11da-9566-0000779e2340.html http://www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200605/0f93bd8b-85b4-4d5c-a35a-298c3b12204f.htm

9 Comments:

  • Legally, Salary caps are a non-starter.

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 1:54 PM  

  • I don't know about legally but I am of the view that Chelsea will win 500 consecutive Premierships if something isn't done about them. The problem with a cap is what to set it at? Perhaps a sliding cap can be introduced where you are allowed to spend more based on your average attendance? I don't want to see total parity as watching minor clubs with 10 fans i.e.) Bolton, Palace etc.. could then win. That will ruin football for me.

    The bigger problem is UEFA - a cap would have to be Europe-wide otherwise English clubs would be destroyed in the Champions League. I don't want to see parity but I don't want to see a one horse or even two horse race between the same teams every year. We should all be on FIFA or UEFA as I trust our views more than theirs - well except Gac of course :)

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:48 PM  

  • There's another possibility too for Chelsea. Look at Real Madrid. They keep buying, Barcelona wins the League and the CL.

    Mourinho's been ok so far in putting together players that gel, but he's also put them in the shop window too. I've read about rumors of Lamps to Barcelona.

    And is it a dead cert that Ballack and Sheva if he goes will immediately fit in? What if it takes 5 months? What if during that time, Ballack especially starts moaning about team rotation? Mourinho was successful bitch-slapping Carvallo and Joe Cole because they're bitches. Let's see him try his diplomacy on the highest wage earners in the club.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 10:37 PM  

  • Real Madrid has typically bought some "galacaticos" and David Beckham (to sell kits) and then made the numbers up with journeyman. They refused to pay Makele fair wages as they placed no value in a strong central midfielder. In short, Real Madrid does not know much about football. On the business side, they only got their dosh to buy all these stars when the state government bought their training facility eliminating their debt, built them a new stadium and gave the club new revenue streams. In short, the club was subsidised by the goverment and then they bought stupidly.

    Chelsea is not making that mistake. They are buying top players at every position. The rotation issue became a problem for Ranieri

    By Blogger Chris P, at 9:48 AM  

  • Unfortunately for the rest of us, I agree with you Chris.
    The fact that they have invested in guys like Cech, Makalele and Essien and, so far at least, have chosen less sexy strikers like Drogba who fit their system shows Mourinho obviously has his shit together unlike Madrid who tried to put together a fantasy football front 6 at the expense of a back 4.

    I do share some of gooner71's optimism though that Ballack and Shev will upset the apple cart.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:55 AM  

  • Especially Ballack. He's demonstrated before that he's no stranger to a reporter's
    microphone.

    That won't endear him to the smugster. The smugster will also have his hands full responding to the inevetable comments that Drogba and Crespo will make when their futures at other clubs are determined.

    It's not the South-Scottish Prem yet.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 1:04 PM  

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