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With the credit crunch hitting home, even the moneyed masses of the Premier League are being affected. According to FA Chairman Lord Triesman, Premier League clubs are in £3 billion debt, and costs are continuing to spiral.

During times of trouble you can always rely on football’s governing bodies to come through with a raft of new proposals. How exactly ware Sepp and Michele planning to save the day? 


 1.Teams with too much debt will be excluded from European competition. A ridiculous notion put forward by UEFA general secretary, and Platini stooge, David Taylor.

Although it is worrying that many teams are highly geared, on what basis could you exclude them? If a shop owner took out a big loan for a re-fit, would it be fair to say he couldn’t open on Saturdays? Should America be left out of international trade negotiations because its balance of payments deficit is $500 billion? A really bad idea.

2.Introducing a salary cap. The amount teams can pay players should be limited, reducing debts and allowing smaller clubs to compete. The brain child of Champagne Socialist, Michele Platini, and supported by former card-carrying Communist, Lord Triesman. One of the better ideas, but would fall apart unless you did away with transfer fees as well. Also, fixed limits on earnings are illegal under EU law.

3.The 6+5 Rule. Put forward by the big man himself: Fifa president, Sepp Blatter. At least 6 homegrown players should start for every club team, supposedly evening things out by promoting youth development and discouraging expensive imports. Unfortunately it’s highly discriminatory. “Sorry, you can’t work here. You didn’t grow up here. You’re foreign and we’ve got enough of you. Even if you are the best man for the job, I can’t give it to you.” Contravenes EU and international law. Racist.

Football bigwigs love to meddle. Like drunken geeks, they can’t keep their hands to themselves. Football is a business, and, overall, a hugely successful one. The explosion of the game into the global consciousness has left it in its rudest ever health.

Financial woes are taking their toll on everyone, and it’s likely that a few clubs will suffer. Football is a business and that’s the price you pay. Why should clubs be immune to the troubles everyone else is going through?

Whatever happens, the last thing the anyone needs are knee-jerk reactions from people the people in power whose bark is on par with their bite.

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