MEP Calls Foul Over New Football Rules Plan?
Thursday, January 20 2011
MEP Mike Nattrass says British soccer supporters should call foul over the EU getting involved in football as it could stifle the ambition of clubs and spoil the FA's media export market.
The West Midlands MEP has called for the red card to be shown at the EU for getting involved in UEFA plans which could ban football clubs from the Champions League if they fail to comply with tough financial rules.
Under these regulations, which are backed by the European Commission, football clubs must not spend more than they earn.
But, Mr Nattrass states that football is nothing to do with the EU and voters do not expect their teams to be politically represented, however this move would be terrible news for British football and for clubs which are keen to progress both domestically and on the European stage.
Mr Nattrass commented: “The UK is ahead of the pack in this field and we sell the rights to show football on TV across the globe.
“It really makes one wonder if the EU will ever stop interfering in commercial matters, rather than leaving it to the FA.
“It is a fact that many MEPs would prefer to talk about football and grab expenses rather than run an economy.
“How long will it be before snooker, rugby and tiddlywinks comes under EU powers?
“Three years ago the EU parliament discussed the possibility of the UK having one national football team rather than England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and voted in favour but the vote was buried.
“These plans would shackle the finances and ambitions of football clubs and see soccer stars disappear from Premier league’ football pitches.
“It would also see high level football stagnate as lower position teams would be discouraged from making serious investment in growth.
“UEFA and the EU have the audacity to say these are fair play rules. I call on football clubs and soccer supporters to show these plans the red card and defend the beautiful game,” he added.