Platini claims Europe's cup competitions are 'Ã©litist'
Tuesday 15 April 2003
Michel Platini says he will abolish the Champions' League if he becomes president of Uefa, the game's European governing body.
The executive committee member of both Uefa and its world governing counterpart, Fifa, said the format of the European competition is too élitist and he advocated a return to a system where countries such as Spain are treated on an equal footing with smaller nations.
"I want only one competition with 256 teams which will face each other according to the knock-out system," the former France midfielder said. "The European cups are just a closed circus. The more matches there are, the more certain it is that big clubs win the competition."
Platini also claims he intends to limit the influence of the G-14 group, made up of the 18 richest European clubs. "We also have to talk with the G-14 clubs, but never should they obtain an official role," he said.
Neil Warnock said yesterday that he will mount a rigorous defence if the Football Association punishes the Sheffield United manager for saying that referee Graham Poll should be "banned" or "punished" following his performance in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford.
When asked about the FA investigation, Warnock said: "I don't think I've said anything untoward that would warrant a charge. I just told the truth as I saw it. If they do charge me then I'll defend myself rigorously."
Latest in Sport
Match of the Day stays: Why the BBC's new Premier League rights deal is better news for some fans than others
Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal training kit following rumours of signing for the Gunners
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Danny Ings to Liverpool: Anfield club attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Pair meet at NBA game and exchange numbers, will the fight be announced during Super Bowl?
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures