Platini - Proposals are a joke

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Michel Platini has labelled the Premier League's plans to stage an international round of fixtures as 'comical'.

Uefa president blasts 'comical' foreign round

Uefa president Michel Platini has labelled the Premier League's plans to stage an international round of fixtures as 'comical'. On Thursday, the 20 English top flight clubs unanimously voted in favour of proposals to hold an additional fixture each season which would be played abroad from January 2011. The plans have been met by contrasting opinions throughout football and Platini has now voiced his concerns over the proposal. And Platini does not believe Fifa will back the plans when the governing body's executive committee meet on 14th March in Zurich. "It's a strange and comical idea," Platini told the Daily Telegraph.

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"I was laughing. I laughed because it will never be received by Fifa, by the fans and by the national associations. It's a nonsense idea." Platini, who has been critical in the past of the Premier League's over reliance on foreign talent, also reiterated his fears that English football is ignoring home-grown talent. "Soon you will have in England no English presidents, you already have no English coach, you have no English players and maybe now you will have no clubs playing in England. It's a joke," Platini added. And Platini has revealed he has spoken to Fifa president Sepp Blatter regarding the plans and that his counterpart shares the same opinion. "We share the same idea that it's the responsibility of national associations (to allow English teams to play competitively in their countries), and I am sure they will never accept it because it's not good for football," Platini concluded.

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