Platini calls for 'financial fair play'

Michel Platini today told sports ministers that Uefa need the power to introduce rules on finances for clubs in their European competitions.

The Uefa president said the game's European ruling body had no intention of interfering with rules for domestic leagues but wanted to ensure "financial fair play" in their own competitions such as the Champions League and Uefa Cup.

If such a move was agreed it could eventually mean that clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool who regularly qualify for the Champions Leagues having to satisfy Uefa rules on debts and even how much they spend on wages.

Britain's sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe, in Biarritz to hear Platini's speech, and the Premier League are fiercely opposing the proposals.

Platini said: "What Uefa can do - and we are thinking seriously about doing it - is to reinforce and improve our system for granting licences for our own club competitions.

"It is in this way that we wish to contribute to financial fair play, and start responding to the expectations of the various parties involved in our sport."

He added: "Fiscal rules in Europe are extremely diverse...and the systems of licensing, control and financial management of football clubs involve a myriad of concepts and different regulations.

"Uefa is not going to charge itself with the task of harmonising European fiscal issues.

"Uefa is not going to impose its licensing system on national associations for their own competitions," Platini told the ministers.

Platini also called for a halt to the trafficking of young footballers, and a ban on transfers of players under the age of 18 - the Premier League also opposes the latter proposal.

Platini said: "Today, in the world and in Europe, there is trafficking of children. I will not mince my words because the situation is serious.

"What else do you call a phenomenon whereby children aged 12 or 13 are torn away from their environment and culture to join a business in return for payment? This is what is happening in football.

"Together with Fifa, we are studying remedies, but measures can already be taken to ban the international transfer of minors, even within the European Union.

"In numerous European states, strict rules exist which prevent clubs - on threat of sporting sanctions - poaching [young players] from their rivals' training centres. However, these rules do not exist at European Union level.

"It is in this context that we would like to be able to ban international transfers of players under the age of 18 within the EU.

"This is not to create an obstacle to the free movement of labour - it is an urgent matter relating to helping youngsters in danger."

Platini also argued that sport should be treated as a specific entity and not the same as business.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice