Your opinion on financial fair-play?
August 11, 2010 12:19pm CST
Have you heard that UEFA is planning to introduce the financial fair-play? I think it was about time, because many teams spend more than they produce, and they have an advantage to the teams who try to be financially healthy. In Germany and France this rule was introduced a long time ago, and that is why teams from this countries have lost field in the battle with other leagues. I would also make a rule about the number of foreigners in a team, I would think that 51 percent of the squad should be from the country that the team is. I have nothing with Arsenal, I think that they play great football, but I want to see more English players there, because they are an English team. What is your opinion? Do you agree or disagree? please write down your thoughts and say why do you think that way.
13 Aug 10
I think the UEFA fair play is a necessity especially looking at the takeover of the clubs by owners from around the world. It is absolutely necessary that the players and clubs do not go overboard and things remain in a real world. As far as Arsenal is concerned, the new crop that is coming through has a distinct English flavor with Walcott, Gibbs and Jack Wilshere all coming through the ranks. Cheers! Ram
14 Aug 10
I agree with you. Do you feel better when you see the club that you support to have more players from the country the club is from. I am glad, as a Bayern Munchen fan, to see German, and especially Bavarian players in the squad and in the starting lineup. I say this, although I am not German, but I am very happy to see Lahm, Badstuber, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Ottl, Contento as players born in Bavaria in the squad, although Contento is Italian. And I am very glad that Bayern has other German players, like Kroos, Klose, Gomez, Butt, Kraft, Sattelmaier, although Klose and Gomez are just half-Germans.
12 Aug 10
Yes, definitely. Clubs must not be able to spend beyond their means. But then we have two scenarios here. First, clubs with wealthy owners like Chelsea and Man City and clubs that took loan to purchase the players like Real Madrid and Barcelona. I think the former is entitled to do so since they have the moolah while the latter should be banned from making any purchase. Barcelona recently took a loan just to pay the players and they have spend big bucks on David Villa and nearly Fabregas as well. Some seasons ago, Real Madrid is in financial difficulties. The city council got to step in and built them the bernabeau stadium while they sold off the old stadium to repay the loans. Both of them should be reprimanded, not the Chelseas or Man Citys. As for Arsenal, yes, they rarely have an english players in their lineup. But is it a problems of their own making? How much does Rooney cost Man Utd? How about Darren Bent for Tottenham or how much is James Milner going for? Compare that with the amount that it could Arsenal to get Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri, you can get a better ideas the root of the problem.
12 Aug 10
I think that the Chelseas or Man Citys do not deserve their money, because they never earned them. Who knows how Abramovitch and the bosses from City did make so much money, if it is legal or illegal money. That is why I say that every team has to spend what they produce, not more. That way every team would have equal chances.
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11 Aug 10
It's an interesting one, financial fair play would make champions league fairer. However I'm from England and without the huge financial rewards then players such as Torres and Drogba and other great players would never have come to the premier league (as we don't have a good climate or relaxed atmosphere), which would be a great shame for the fans of the premier league.I do agree with the rule on home grown players, because in England we have too many average foreign players earning great money and blocking the chance for english players to come through, Unfortunatly because of E.U. law I don't think it is possible to have a rule on how many foreign players you are allowed to play. Also I don't think that financial fair play would work, as I think that the rich clubs would find some way of rewarding it's players somehow.