Platini criticises foreign ownership in the Premier League
Outspoken UEFA president Michel Platini has criticised the growing number of foreign owned clubs in the Premier League. The former French legend believes that English clubs risk losing their identity by selling to foreign businessmen.
The multi-million pound takeover of Manchester City by a Middle Eastern business group was just the latest in a long line of Premier League clubs being sold to international investors.
Platini feels that foreign ownership will lead to clubs losing their sense roots: “If you bring people from Qatar and there is no-one from Liverpool or Manchester at the club, where is Liverpool or Manchester? You have to have identity, that is where football’s popularity lies. “
While UEFA are looking to introduce measures to curb the growing trend of foreign owned European clubs, most fans seem to have no problem with it as long as the top players and the trophies arrive.