I was waiting for this to come up.
If you believe how the newspapers today have phrased this story, I feel sorry for you, mate. Come on... you're smarter than that.
(And for the record, Roman has never been a gangster or even associated with the mafia.)
I said the way in which "the newspapers today have phrased this story".
They've made it out as if Roman, Berlusconi, et.al. came running to Platini and said "Please institute a salary/transfer cap. Pretty please!"
The reality is, Platini has been talking about doing this since even before Man City were bought. He used to point at Chelsea as one of his examples. I assume HE probably went around asking owners if they'd be OK with it.
Ya, but that's because the alternative is a European SuperLeague, isn't it?Platini wanted to take the Champs League back to the original format of when it was European Cup, knockout tournament no seeding. The old big boys shed their pants and kicked up about it.
Ya, but that's because the alternative is a European SuperLeague, isn't it?
Hasn't the group stage always been UEFA's half-hearted way of keeping the calls for a Super League at bay?
You seem to be revising history a bit...
I don't know... I kind of like it this way, personally, but I suppose it's personal opinion.Answer this question then Morbs why do they not revert back to the old knockout competition rather than champs league?
Hughes continued, “We’ll happily pay top dollar for supporters who will blindly follow their team and defend them as the greatest in the world in the face of over-whelming evidence to the contrary.”
I don't know... I kind of like it this way, personally, but I suppose it's personal opinion.
Why isn't the World Cup a straight knock-out?
Why do we need the Europa League then? Why not go back to a straight knock-out UEFA Cup?
Football is a very simple game really. Made complicated by idiots.
Come on, JJ. You can't believe that Platini's plan is aimed specifically at Man City. That's just ludicrous. If anything, it was probably aimed at Chelsea when it was initially proposed. Also at the Man Us, Liverpools and other clubs with large debts.
We've got the problem that, even though we haven't been spending big on transfers for several years now, we've got an inflated wage bill hangover that'll take years to bring down.
If the other rich owners are onboard with this proposal now, I doubt it's to spite Man City or Real as much as it is to stop the transfer market from getting so insanely inflated (a process which, to be fair, went into high gear with the Chelsea splurge in '03 and which the club has since suffered from because everyone doubled their prices as soon as we came calling!)