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The G14 and Platini

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Just been reading with interest about the new agreement between Platini and the G14. My feelings on that cartel have been well documented in the past.

Says that the G14 (with a new members) will now expand to 77 teams. Surely it would be better for the game as a whole if those involved in 'running' or taking charge of it, were neutral and not associated with any of these clubs?

Letting an elite group, no matter how many of them there is, is just pure madness and will make the greed of the bigger clubs even worse than it is now?

It also says that the G14 wants a share of the money from Euro 2008 finals? Why? Well to quote — "To recognise the contribution the clubs make to international football"? Are these guys having a laugh or what?

The game needs a serious wake up call. Money and greed has killed the game as a sport and it's getting so much harder to stomach the actions of this "G14" cartel.
Declan Brown, Belfast     Posted 06/12/2007 at 21:24:04

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Dan Parker
1   Posted 07/12/2007 at 01:58:44

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According to the BBC, it’s going to expand to include Spurs and Newcastle. What a complete farce giving they’re teams that have never won anything besides the FA Cup.

Who the fuck decides this stuff?
Jonty Morgan
2   Posted 07/12/2007 at 04:16:33

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The G14 have slowly grown with the intake every season of more revenue, they have increasingly looked to solidify their standing, this as you say is not good, as they have the money therefore they have the power when negotiating deals, this means that you can kiss goodbye of a change of teams at the top of all the big leagues, as football seems to be revolved around money and increasingly alienating those that used to, maybe still do though I feel with increasingly less influence, the fans, that go week in week out.

What a sad state of affairs when a club is not driven by what it can win but now the single most important achievement is that of breaking into the cash cow. Will it ever change, its looking less and less likely now the G14 are becoming even stronger than before, will they ever want to change things for the better, well ask a director of a company whether he would be willing to sacrifice his own bonus for an extra 1% increase to the salaries of the workers that paid for his bonus, I.e. not a cat in hells chance.
Matt Geraghty
3   Posted 07/12/2007 at 09:35:32

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The problem we have is that the G14 are the titans of world football. For instance, how good would the Champions league be without Real Madrid, AC Milan, The Mancs etc...
They have got the footballing world by the the short and curly’s and they know it. They know that the ’product’ would not be as good without them and therefore not attract the same level of marketing/ advertising.
Its horrendous the way that they have been left to dictate European football - but wadda you gonna do?
Dan Mckie
4   Posted 07/12/2007 at 10:09:29

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I say the other ’ powers that be ’ i.e fifa, uefa and countrys fa’s should call G14s bluff and tell them to fuckoff and make there own league if thats what they want, see how many Man U fans and the like fancy a trip across Europe every other week for a league game and have nobody to talk football with at home cos no-one else gives a shit who there playing!
Nick Chester
5   Posted 07/12/2007 at 10:27:11

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Dan, couldn’t agree more mate, you’d have to wait a season or so for the novelty to wear off and the credit cards to reach there limit, but pretty soon they’d be wanting back in to the domestic league. Tails tucked between their legs and us all laughing heartily!
Nick Entwistle
6   Posted 07/12/2007 at 11:15:29

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UEFA are money grabbers out for themselves and so are the G14... nuts to them all!
What would stop all this is European Cup back to the single winners of each Uefa nation.
As for teams wanting a cut of Euro 2008, they don’t have an argument... feck off.
Love Everton, hate football.
Phil Roberts
7   Posted 07/12/2007 at 11:41:27

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And not only the supporters, but anyone who has played for a G14 super league club, will not be allowed to play for a UEFA club - so all the failures at Utd, Liverpool Madrid will be at the end of their careers when they are no longer wanted.

Might make a Steve Sidwell change his mind about leaving Reading, and in the new world order a certain Tommy G leaving for Madrid.

No supporters, no players, just TV revenue....... Rollerball without the violence
Andy Callan
8   Posted 07/12/2007 at 12:06:45

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I agree; football is going to self explode and take those money grabbing Yanks with it.

You lot are kiddng yourself if you don?t think that footie isn?t gunna end up like the NFL; no promotion or relegation and just the one competition - a European trophy of some description.

Money rules I reckon and we haven?t got any.

I dunno about you but footie is nothing like it was when my Dad first took me 26 years ago (I?m 30 now). I?m gettin? sick of it to be honest.

Salary and squad caps are the only way forward, otherwise it will be £80 a ticket before we know it and average players will be earning more in a day than the rest of us do in a year.

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