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Michel Platini claims that he doesn’t hate English football. Yet, his recent outburst during which he threatened to ban Manchester City from the Champions League because of their pursuit of Kaka seems to suggest otherwise. This isn’t the first time that the
“I would love to give the Champions League to Juventus. I was in Turin when
“I want to create a situation where every team has a chance of winning and there is a more level playing field. But in England teams win either with morality or without it. We want transparency and financial fair play, but sometimes you do not have that in England” (
“Nothing. England should have done better on the pitch. I don’t want to say that we’re missing England. If England aren’t capable of finishing in the top two of a group of six, that’s their problem.” (
“But it’s ridiculous. I don’t need to say more. How one guy can cost £150m is ridiculous. From a football point of view, social point of view and every point of view.” (
Whether or not he’s Napoleon, it definitely seems to me that he has an anti-English bias. And it wouldn’t be so worrying if he weren’t the UEFA president. With bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups underway, I have to wonder whether his feelings will affect England’s chance of hosting a World Cup. Being outspoken as player is one thing, but as a person who possesses considerable power he should keep his personal prejudices to himself.