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Uefa president Michel Platini said yesterday that unless football takes urgent action to introduce his plans to cap wages and transfer spending, backed by legal force if necessary, the game could “financially implode”.

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It’s almost like defecting to the enemy, isn’t it? No fewer than three England rugby players are to leave London Wasps when the season ends, after signing to play in France. The Wasps’ chairman blames the cap on salaries at English clubs. “In financial terms,” he says, “we are no longer on a level playing field. It does raise great concern that French clubs can now blow the English clubs away when it comes to salaries.”

Mawhinney hails historic football ruling

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hailed the vote by the 72 clubs for a minimum of four 'home grown' players in match-day squads as an historic day for the game.

Uefa will oppose super regulator

Uefa insist they will join the Premier League this week to oppose plans for a European-wide regulator of sport.

Platini to watch experiment

Uefa president Michel Platini is to watch a trial match featuring four assistant referees in Slovenia today.

Platini laments Asian investment in English football

Uefa president Michel Platini has criticised the influx of foreign owners into the Barclays Premier League, claiming clubs are losing their identity as a result.

LMA defend Wenger following Platini attack

The League Managers' Association have jumped to the defence of Arsene Wenger in the wake of Uefa president Michel Platini's recent criticism of the Arsenal boss.

Newcastle squad left in the dark

With speculation in banking circles yesterday suggesting that there is fresh interest in China and America regarding a purchase of Newcastle United, the beleaguered Tyneside club tonight hosts Tottenham for what could be St James' Park's lowest crowd for a competitive match for 16 years.

Wenger taken aback by Platini attack

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is stunned by UEFA president Michel Platini's attack on him in an interview with a French newspaper.

Uefa chief hints at possible transfer rule changes

Uefa president Michel Platini said today that he was unhappy with the transfer system and was considering asking for a review into possible changes.

Sam Wallace: We should <i>not</i> unite our football teams into just one EU squad

There is one key reason why the EUteam will never happen and it is an organisation that is based in Nyon in Switzerland, which runs two of the three most lucrative international football competitions in the world, and it hates interference. The Union of European Football Associations – Uefa – is not going to like this idea.

Uefa keen to reduce European rewards for Premier League clubs

Uefa will try to persuade English clubs to accept a smaller chunk of future Champions League revenues after latest figures revealed another bumper European pay-day for the four Premier League sides last season.

Uefa award for Healy

David Healy's prolific scoring record at international level will be rewarded by the Uefa president, Michel Platini, tonight.

Cardiff fear winding-up threat in court battle over loan

FA Cup semi-finalists Cardiff City faced a claim for payment of £31m yesterday on the first day of a High Court hearing of a case which the club has said could force them into administration.

St Johnstone 1 St Mirren 1: Platini heads for exit too early for Dorman

No sooner had Michel Platini slipped away from the ground, than Andy Dorman conjured up a sublime goal that sent this Scottish Cup quarter-final to a replay next Tuesday night. The Frenchman left with 20 minutes to go and missed Dorman restoring parity in Perth after Liam Craig's first-half penalty.

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