November 16th, 2011

Punk Agger

Barca chief warns UEFA: Expand Champions League or face breakaway European league threat

Barcelona chief Sandro Rosell says Europe's top clubs wants to expand the Champions League - and will push ahead with a breakaway league if they don't get their way.

In a strongly-worded appearance at the Aspire4Sport conference in Doha, Rosell said that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the European Club Association and UEFA will expire in 2014 and that, as yet, there is no agreement to extend it.

Rosell, the ECA's vice-president, is at the forefront of efforts by leading clubs to have fewer international fixtures.

"If UEFA does not accept, in the worst case scenario, we will go away from UEFA," he said. "Nobody wants this situation."

Rosell revealed that many top clubs want to play Champions League games at weekends but that leagues would have to be dramatically slashed accordingly.

He continued: "It's something all of them would have to agree to. That includes the Premier League, who would have to reduce from 20 to 16 (teams).

"If you explain the idea properly, at the end of the day it's the best way of implementing the competitions in the near future.

"We want a bigger Champions League and hope one day we could play perhaps Barcelona versus Manchester United on Saturdays.

"That's what we are aiming for but to increase doesn't necessarily mean to do it with UEFA."

Rosell added: "We want to have the Champions League under the UEFA umbrella but we want UEFA to hear our demands.

"If UEFA and the ECA reach an agreement then that's good for both parties. If not, with or without the UEFA umbrella, the ECA is entitled to organise their own champions' competition by themselves of course.

"We are not trying to eliminate dates for national teams - but the number of days our players are used by the national associations is huge."

SMH!! So he wants to reduce domestic leagues just so they can make even more money. No thank  you.


Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

GUARDIAN EXCLUSIVE: Sepp Blatter is delusional

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed any racist abuse between players on the pitch should be settled by a handshake.

The FA are currently dealing with two incidents where a player has been accused of racially abusing an opponent - Chelsea's John Terry and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, both of whom deny any wrongdoing. Blatter's insistence that there is no racism on the field of play is bound to prove controversial - as well as his suggested solution.

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FIFA have issued have a rebuttal

FB: Sergio Worth It

And right on cue following Blatter's bullshit ...


FA charge Luis Suarez

The FA has today charged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez following an incident that occurred during the Liverpool versus Manchester United fixture at Anfield on 15 October 2011.

It is alleged that Suarez used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules.

It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.

The FA will issue no further comment at this time.