Blatter slams English teams
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has slammed Coventry and Chelsea's managers.Fifa president Sepp Blatter has slammed Peter Reid at Coventry and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho for their attitude towards international fixtures.
Adrian Mutu is in dispute with Chelsea, demanding his release to play for Romania despite his club's assertion that he is not fit.
At Coventry, Reid has told Stern John that he should concentrate on his club and not international side Trinidad & Tobago.
"This is not the way for coaches to deal with players who are called up for their national team," said Blatter.
"The player Mutu is in an open conflict with his coach Mourinho who has forbidden him to play for Romania, saying he is injured, and Mutu says this is not true.
"Stern John has been asked to play for T&T and has been threatened by his coach Peter Reid that if he goes to play he may lose his position on the team.
"We cannot accept this happening at a time when we are trying to find a workable situation with the international calendar.
"We will write to the clubs involved and ask for fair play."
Meanwhile, Fifa have unveiled plans to put a three-and-a-half week break for players into the schedule ahead of the World Cup in 2006.
"There has been a lot of talk about players being too tired and referees lacking consistency at recent major tournaments and on the whole I would agree with that talk," Blatter added.