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What The F*** Is Going On?

Rising in the early hours of the morning for my son's first feed of the day, I cast a quick eye to NewsNow to see if there is anything pre-Sheffield United to quench my footballing thirst.

There was one particular article that caught my eye, and the content left me flabbergasted. I've been sat trying to think of a way to take the quotes and make an article with a decent title, but I'm afraid I'm just too astonished to think.

After Sepp Blaters amazing disrespect to Arsene Wenger, Michel Platini has swung a blow in Le Prof's direction regarding his transfer policy.

Here's what he said .....'I do not like the system of Wenger. In France, Italy and Spain it is easy to buy with money the best players at 14, 15 or 16. I don't like that.'

'If my son is playing at Millwall and at 16 Manchester United come in for this player then when will Millwall have a good team?'

I dunno what else to write! I believe the world has gone well and truly mad.

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Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
Time: 4:01AM


that doesnt even make sense to me .... doesnt ever ******** team in top flight have young prospects ? isnt training young 'uns good for international football ?
31/10/2007 05:07:00
Arsenal cannot be criticized for their playing standards so the children, platini and bladder, have to bring out some totally innocuous comment, just to have a dig.
31/10/2007 06:15:00
Hello I'm a massive fan of Arsene Wenger. I think he's a great manager and his team which he's built is playing the best football in Europe at the moment But what I don't understand is the double standard shown by some Arsenal fans. They cry foul when the Barcelona sporting director talked about Cesc, yet Arsenal scouts frequently convince the top youth players of other teams to walk away from their club to play for Arsenal. Of course this is not illegal, but I don't think its unethical. Like is Cesc's case, Barca received no transfer payment despite nurturing since the age of 8. Arsenal had exploited the fact the Spanish clubs can't by law offer professional contract to players below 18. So Platini does raise a valid point with his comment. Not I necessary agree, after all in a capitalist globalized economy the one with money has the most power, and not much can be done to reverse this trend. But Platini is a strong advocate of the rights of the less well off, and claims what Arsenal is doing will make poorer clubs less well off. So in my opinion it is rather hypocritical of some Arsenal fans to complain about the unethical actions of others (i.e. Bacra and Henry) whist ignoring the unethical actions of their own club (i.e the Fran Merida compensation saga)
31/10/2007 06:23:00
We should never have become involved with UEFA, FIFA. More of the same to come when Gordon Brown concedes powers to Europe! Great Britain?
31/10/2007 06:37:00
What a joke. Arsene is one of the few managers around who can bring out the best, and we love him for it, and we are damn proud of the fact that our squad is mostly made up of young up and coming talent. What a crock! I suppose Platini wants us to just spend megabucks buying mega-inflated egos, does he. Stick to your guns, Arsene. We don't want to become spurs!
31/10/2007 07:00:00
There is something unethical with the Fran Merida saga. He, Fran Merida, the player himself, was forced to pay the compensation (around 2m) instead of the club, Arsenal, because that was what Barca wanted.
31/10/2007 07:03:00
That's what I read somewhere anyway.
31/10/2007 07:03:00
Unfortunately that was the only way Barcelona could get compensation. The problem is the EC are looking at ways of making transfers illegal - we already see this in players being able to buy out their contracts with 12months remaining. The next Bosman is looking at players being able to walk away from the contracts at any stage, by giving a maximum of 3 months notice like any plumber or nurse etc can. What is worrying is that football (and other sport) needs to get a complete exemption from EU law so the transfer system etc can remain in place, but unless there is a unofficial agreement from clubs and associations to present a united front this will not occur. What Platini is decrying is that smaller teams cannot often keep the young players they discover and these young players then get buried in academies and reserve teams meaning few get to watch them. The smaller teams rarely get adequate compensation either.
31/10/2007 07:24:00
I think a player should be allowed to make a choice: do you want to let your talent be developed by the good people at Millwall (no disrespect), or do you want to take a chance with a big team, who can really develop you, at the risk of spending more time on the bench? We couldn't have taken Cesc to London against his wishes, isn't it? He wanted to play for us, so we made the necessary arangements. If every club has only homegrown players we'd be watching league 1 standard football in each division.
31/10/2007 07:33:00
Who the hell can take that muppet seriously anyway? I would say this is just another of his tos spot ideas...remember that he is the one that suggested three yellow cards, two referees and a micro-chipped football......I think he says stuff like this to get some attention, poor old sod..
Blue is the colour
31/10/2007 07:45:00
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