The Chairman Of The Board

So after 17 years, Lennart Johansson has been ousted, and Michel Platini is the new President of UEFA. There are those that are concerned about this, primarily because he was endorsed by Sepp “Weak” Blatter. Now Blatter has many faults, but he has backed the winning horse here, in my humble opinion. Platini wants to bring back a little bit of equality to European football, and it seems possible that he might just put all of the right noses out of joint. His main proposal, to reduce the number of clubs from the “big” clubs playing in the Champions League from four to three. This proposal, popular with the smaller nations that would fill the vacuum, may well have been what won him the final vote. The argument is a fairly simple one. European football is a rapidly becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The same vapid clubs making up the last eight every year, playing each other in an atmosphere of fake hatred stirred up by the media. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot with Chelsea and Barcelona logos on them stamping on a human face – forever. The winners pocket the most money, and the losers fall further behind – and so on, and so forth. Getting rid of the fourth placed teams from The Premiership and La Liga may just give some of...

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