UEFA boss vows trans­fer sys­tem re­form

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ESTORIL: UEFA pres­i­dent Alek­sander Ce­ferin vowed on Wednesday to re­form the trans­fer sys­tem to stem the tal­ent flow to­wards the rich­est clubs.

“We’ll de­velop some­thing akin to tax on lux­ury goods or lim­its on squad size,” Ce­ferin said on the side­lines of a UEFA congress in Por­tu­gal.

“This would be done to stop one or two clubs gath­er­ing all the best play­ers to their team,” he added. We can­not al­low the size of a few clubs to drown out the smaller ones.”

In a Jan­uary re­port UEFA said there had been a dra­matic shift of tal­ent and fi­nance to­wards richer clubs over the past six years.

Fig­ures in that re­port said the top 15 clubs in Europe had seen their fi­nan­cial turnover in­crease 148 per cent in that time while for the other 700 clubs this in­crease had been just 17 per cent.

Ce­ferin has also vowed that there will be no Euro­pean su­per league formed un­der his watch.

The UEFA chief added that foot­ball of­fi­cials should not be afraid to em­brace tech­nol­ogy and that lessons can be learned from big busi­ness.

“We should ap­proach Sil­i­con Val­ley and un­der­stand the strate­gies of the big tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion com­pa­nies,” he said.

“We can­not live in fear of them, or fail to un­der­stand them be­cause we our­selves do not.

“They must be our ally, be­cause they are al­ready our chil­dren’s ally.”

“UEFA have the great­est foot­ball on earth — and why not al­low ev­ery­one to max­imise their ex­pe­ri­ence and taste of it?

“We can bring our fans into the game.”

The pro­posed re­forms over good gov­er­nance will be voted upon by Europe’s na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions at next month’s UEFA Congress in Helsinki. AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.