Wednesday, February 18, 2009

President Michel Platini angry with interference in Champions League

According to the media, UEFA president has called on the European Union not to interfere in the Champions League regulations if it wants to impose financial restraints and a possible salary cap on teams.

Indeed, Platini wants to push through rules that would cap debt and links between footballers salaries and turnover as he seeks to contain runaway spending.

As we know, the European Union could interfere if it touches on the economic free market rules. Platini insists UEFA should not be bound by that.

We must consider that Platini told the European Parliament on Wednesday: "We must be able to set the conditions on the competitions we organize."

Liverpool ask UEFA to change match date due to Hillsborough anniversary

The board at Anfield have written to UEFA to ask that the date of their potential Champions League quarter-final second leg be changed to avoid a clash with the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

It’s amazing to notice that if Rafael Benitez's side get past Real Madrid in the last 16, they are currently scheduled to face their next opponents for the second time on April 15.

In fact, that is exactly two decades since 96 Liverpool fans died at Sheffield Wednesday's ground before and during the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

We must consider that Liverpool are keen to keep the date free so memorials can take place and have asked UEFA allow them to play the encounter on the 14th if they progress.

"We wrote to UEFA last year, pointing out the significance of April 15 if we do get to the quarter-final, especially as it is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster," a Liverpool spokesman expressed.

"We have asked not to play on that date and that April 14 should be considered instead.

"UEFA has replied acknowledging the significance of the date and confirming they will do their best to support our request if we progress."