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Platini goes over the top

Platini goes over the top

Michel Platini, French President of Uefa seems to have taken a bad tempered and highly personalised swipe at Arsene Wenger. In an interview to be published today in the French journal Dauphiné Libéré, he takes exception to Wengers support of video technology to aid refereeing decisions, claims Wenger is only interested in business and favours the big teams over small clubs.

The interview is apparently lengthy and includes discourses on Domenech`s role as French coach and match fixing amongst other topics but it is his pronouncements on Arsene that has grabbed headlines in France this morning.

The catalyst for his discourteous disdain seems to have been a question on the use of video technology to improve decision making in games. The question was posed quoting that Wenger and others had claimed Platini was acting retrogressively in not examining the use of such technology. His response was " I talk of football, he talks of business. We must stop with Wenger and everything." Implacably opposed to the use of technology he continued "I hope that arbitration video will never see the day. I will be happy that Arsene Wenger never sees it. If we use video technology there will be no referees in 10 years"

Quite why he should have been so rankled by the naming of Wenger in the question put to him is hard to understand but a little Gallic jealousy seems to be rearing it`s ugly head in the hostility with which he has responded.

The theme continues with Platini claiming that the champions league victory of Romanian minnow Cluj over Roma is not enjoyed by all.

"That is what makes football so beautiful. Arsène Wenger does not want to see the little teams beating the big teams because it takes their business away." Says Platini.

It is hard to think how he can reconcile that statement with anything anyone knows about Wenger`s attitude to football and the need for clubs to operate on the appeal and success of the game they play.

Platini`s tendency to issue edicts without supporting his objections to video technology with any analytical appraisal is always going to be less persuasive than making a proper case against it. "We must stop all this talk" is never a statement that someone charged with responsibility for the progression of the sport should utter. Certainly his position should preclude him from personalising his opinions, as he appears to have done on this occasion.

Platini may claim that he talks of football and not business but in reality he talks of politics, not football. Like many politicians he finds it hard to accept merit in others views and by personalising those views it becomes easier for him to attack the personality instead of dealing with the viewpoint. Such a tendency should automatically bar him from holding such high office - so we'd best stop talking about it then.

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Date:Tuesday September 23 2008
Time: 10:10AM


Yet again Platini has been all too forthcoming when opening his mouth when it's not warranted. I haven't heard a current football manager say video technology is NOT a good thing. Platini's job is not affected by decisions referees make. How long are Blatter and Platini going to clobber teams just because they are from England. There isn't even anyone to complain to, they don't have to answer to anyone. It's a joke!
23/09/2008 10:22:00
These comments are disgraceful, but worse than that they very ill-informed. Arsene Wenger probably cares more about the game of football than any other person in the world. So much so that we've probably missed out on a trophy or two so he can implement his philosophy of playing beautiful football at all costs. He doesn't only play to entertain, but he runs his club the way all clubs should be run. Platini is a first class ****.
23/09/2008 10:25:00
Young Guns have picked up on this story too and have quoted it slightly differently and makes the comments sound more of a mad man. They quote him as saying 'I would not mind if the technology is introduced, just as long as Arsène Wenger is not around to see it. (Smiles)” Platini sounds like some sort of Bond villian! These comments are NOT what you expect a President of UEFA to say. He thinks that Arsene only cares about Business? FOOTBALL IS A BUSINESS YOU MORON, but Wenger is certainly not the most obssesed with money. Quickly have a look at this. scroll down to Uefa presideny and look at the pic too!! lol!
23/09/2008 10:39:00
We all know Platini is nothing more than an arrogant **** who deserves all our contempt! Wenger, Arsenal and England will lose no sleep over what this waste of oxygen has to say!
23/09/2008 10:43:00
I see your Whingeing Wenger has been at it again I would advise him to put his brain in gear before engaging his mouth. And I would courteously ask that he reads this link before making disparaging remarks about our Club.
23/09/2008 10:57:00
this guy is a bigger ******** than Blatter. Blatter is just an idiot, dumb person of the first order, but Platini is a evil, no good to football or the world kind of human being. just can't believe a person whos the head of the european football governing body can say all such stuff..
23/09/2008 11:02:00
You are being absurdly sensitive alphieblues. Wengers comments were based on the utterances of the ADUG spokesman at the time of the takeover. What do you expect him to do? Predict the comments of a newly appointed chairman who was not even in place at the time? The comments made by your new chairman sound eminently sensible and completely different from the bravado at the time of the takeover. It seems the wrong gear was engaged between brain and mouth by those acting for your side - not Wenger. That's why your new guy is telling everyone to forget them.
23/09/2008 11:23:00
What ever propaganda is published on your official site AB, it does not detract from the fact that your new owners are not good for the game ..... infact, if they follow through with their promises off bidding £120M for Ronaldo then they are worse than Chelsea. Completely wreckless. Now you've finished with your rant ... back to the topic!!
23/09/2008 11:26:00
Not sure how he can say that as Arsenal are one of the few teams who actually runtheir business fantastically well and not doing a Liverpool / United with all the debt. Platini is an idiot and couldnt make it as a manager so brown nosed his way to a political position. Not sure exactly what he knows about running a football club. Wasnt Juve run by Fiat when he signed and basically being run at a loss? Short memory from the idiot
5 times
23/09/2008 11:34:00
Platini has gone beyond a joke now. Remember his constant attacks on the likes of Chelsea and Man U for building a team through debt? I remember he accussed them of cheating their way to success. How he's attacking Wenger for Arsenal being run in a financially responsible way! You can't have it both ways Platini! And he's never mentioned Real Madrid being bankrolled by the Spanish government (through taxes paid by opposition fans), or his old club Juventus for bribing referees. He'd rather focus on this moronic rejection of video technology, and the influx of foreigners into the Premier League (wasn't a problem when you wanted to play in Italy though, was it Michel?) The man has a vendetta against English football, and he remains unaccountable for his words and actions. We need to voice our opposition to his role at UEFA, as well as Blatter, however we can. This is one issue that should unite us with our Premiership rivals.
The Arsenist
23/09/2008 11:55:00
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