Why They Should Never Be Allowed To Meet

There were cautious grounds for optimism when G14 broke up last year. The threat of a break-away European Super League had been put to bed. Everybody within UEFA was around the same table and hopefully pulling in the same direction under the watchful eye of Michel Platini, who had sent a warning shot across the bows of the biggest clubs by awarding the right to hold Euro 2012 to Poland and Ukraine. The plan to try and host a major tournament was a brave one in Eastern Europe and appears likely to back-fire, with Ukraine facing a crisis over developing the infrastructure required to hold such a tournament, and serious questions are being asked now over whether they can be ready in time. Various other European countries are now on standby, awaiting a second round of bidding for the rights to hold the competition. Meanwhile, Euro 2008 was a great success, with outstanding television audiences across Europe watching a tournament that most have rated as one of the best in recent times. The cracks, however, are starting to show in Platini’s utopian vision of European football being run on a more egalitarian basis. Flushed by the success of the tournament, UEFA have all but rubber-stamped an ill-thought out plan to expand the competition to twenty-four clubs from the current sixteen, and now¬† public grumblings are coming from the ECA...

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