Source: (BBC Sport) http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7896994.stm; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/4529420/Michel-Platini-sets-out-to-tighten-club-controls.html; http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11945_4911211,00.html
Michael Platini (President of UEFA) is considering imposing a cap on football clubs to prevent football from relying on sugar-daddies to subsidise their transfer activity with so-called “soft-loans”. The proposed cap would be the “salary and transfer fees combined – to an as yet undecided percentage of its direct and indirect sporting revenue.”
The plans for the cap were prompted by Manchester City’s reported bid to buy Kaka (AC Milan) for £90m during the January transfer window.
Richard Scudmore (Premier League Chief Executive) has suggested however that such a cap would not work in English football, but instead would preserve the status quo, preventing smaller clubs from expanding or challenging the dominance of the big 4 (sorry remind me whether Villa was in this 4?)
However, European clubs are more willing to support Platini’s other idea to restrict the transfers of under 18s (claiming this amounts to ‘Child trafficking’): “I have thought about this problem a great deal and I am now convinced that the international transfer – yes international – of players under 18 should be prohibited, fully in accordance with the Fifa statutes. Some people talk about the free movement of workers. I am talking about the protection of children.”