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UEFA Get Their Knickers In A Twist

Spurs and Villa have been criticised by UEFA and Platini after fielding weakened teams in the UEFA Cup.

According to French papers (apparently as I don't speak French) Platini is said to be fuming with both clubs for devaluing the competition and it's said if he was able to he would take action over the issue.

Apparently Article 3 of the UEFA Cup regulations state that:

'On entering the competition participating clubs agree:

d) to field their strongest team throughout the competition.'

UEFA themselves believe it would be extremely difficult to prove that either club had broken the rules, or at least sufficiently enough to warrant disciplinary action.

UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said:

'Clubs are expected to uphold the spirit of fair play and respect their opponents as well.

'The competition regulations do state clubs should field their strongest team.'

As of yet I'm still to see any official response from Villa directly to this, but to be perfectly honest I couldn't give a Sunday Lunch what Platini or UEFA think.

My own thoughts on playing the youngsters and leaving the majority of the first team behind for the clash are well documented but at the end of the day it's the managers decision, and it's up tot he manager to take the flack from the fans over it.

It has stuff all do to with Platini and UEFA; the simple fact they have a clause requiring teams to play their strongest team is pathetic in the extreme, that is down to the club and manager and not some jumped up regulation.

What next, will UEFA have regulations stating that each striker on the pitch is obligated to make at least 3 attempts on goal per half?

Will our FA insist that teams from lower divisions are giving a goals headstart if playing Premiership opposition to make life more exciting?

Red tape with self serving interests is yet another reason our beautiful game is going down the toilet.

We've heard the General talk about the reality of the game lately, and he's perfectly right. The Chumps League is the be all and end all thesedays and I find that sad.

Maybe if the regulators stopped attempting to introduce a full European league via the backdoor the UEFA Cup and domestic competitions wouldn't suffer and would take on some sense of priority for all the teams involved. If that happened, there would be no need for such pathetic stipulations in the rules.

Where has the magic gone, down the drain because of the money and the polemic view that nothing other than the Champions League is important. Until all teams cease that belief our game will never be great again.

It comes to something when Arsene Wenger has defended Villa and Spurs over the decisions, and more importantly you'd have thought a man of Platini's footballing pedigree would've relished the battle our second string gave CSKA. Afterall, it was a spirited performance from the next generation of footballers and for all of CSKA's quality they almost, almost, did it.

Surely Platini is more interested in great games? That was what our second string delivered in my opinion. Or is he that caught up in red tape and regulations now that he's forgot football is meant to be exciting, passion rousing and some of the best games involve those with something to prove?

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday February 27 2009
Time: 3:49PM


I'm even more pleased with MON's selection now that I know it's *****ed Platinin off! Icing on the cake! Now lets get Champions League and ***** him off even more!
27/02/2009 15:55:00
He's a div, he's always talking about something and it's usually not worth the reading time.
27/02/2009 15:56:00
thing is, platini is usually having a pop at prem teams for a) not having enough home-grown talent, b) spending money that doesn't reflect there income. now he cant get us on the first as were the only prem team who can field an entire team of english players+ subs (were probably one of the only teams in a top european league who can do that too) and regards to b) i know we've spent alot over the past 2 years, but its not like were man city. so instead he has to find something else to moan about. the man hates the fact that weve got the best league in the world and that half of his countries national team play here. for arsenal.
27/02/2009 16:38:00
Agree guys, we both put out weakened sides due to the fact that the UEFA Cup is very much second-rate to the Premier League and with us fighting for survival and you pushing for the Champions League, there was never any issues from the fans for weakening the sides so why should it matter to Fatini?
27/02/2009 16:39:00
And I think we might need that goal head-start next season lol
27/02/2009 16:42:00
the question he should be asking is - why should a club with a plastis pitch be allowed in such a european championship when it is such an obvious advantage?
27/02/2009 16:49:00
well it is the champions league's fault for devaluing the UEFA cup, UEFA should look at themselves at what they have done for teams to dismiss the UEFA cup. Not rocket science, Platini has gotta look at why Villa are busting a nut to get champs football. President of european football really does work with this head in the sand. Us fans are confused by the decision of monny and other managers, the reality is UEFA cup is like the Carling cup of the european world of competition. They clearly dont rate it, and if we were 6th or 7th we would of fielded a stronger side, it was monny's back up plan, maybe he didnt forsee champs league qualification this year, and has done better than expected.
27/02/2009 16:50:00
they should give the winner of the uefa cup a champions league place..then every team would be up for it
fran merida
27/02/2009 16:57:00
thats the problem fran, you would devalue it even more by offering a champs league spot. It's meant to be a second respectable euro competition. Non starter that idea.
27/02/2009 17:09:00
'Clubs are expected to uphold the spirit of fair play and respect their opponents as well. 'The competition regulations do state clubs should field their strongest team.'

personally think that is spot on, I'm ashamed of how we worked so hard to get in the comp and then threw in the towell when the going got tough. If it is 2nd rate (and it appears it is) then what the hell did they work so hard to qualify for?
,br>totally agree with bobbyfett though, how the hell can a plastic pitch be allowed? And as per other comments in another article earlier, totally agree fran merida, all cups maybe should give a CL place instead of 2-4 in the league. If you got in via the UEFA maybe we'd have shown the competition that WE entered a bit more respect.
The Fear
27/02/2009 17:16:00
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