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Unread 13-02-2008, 11:30 PM
Default "The Premier League are putting money before responsibility and dignity"

Yey... common sense for a change...

Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam says he is strongly opposed to the Premier League's plan of playing games abroad.

Unread 14-02-2008, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Ed
"The Premier League are putting money before responsibility and dignity"
They always were a bit behind the times in asia weren't they

I think that's something we have all know for a long time.
Unread 14-02-2008, 08:55 AM

This from the not so pro-Murdoch Telegrpah:

The controversy over the Premier League's plans to take 10 extra matches a season abroad took a new twist last night after it emerged that Sir Rod Eddington, a senior director in Rupert Murdoch's media empire, had a hand in developing the proposal which has split English football

Eddington, the former chief executive of British Airways and a director of Murdoch's News Corporation, is chairman of the Melbourne-based Major Events Company, who first pitched the concept to the League last year.
His role in the project raises the possibility that Murdoch, who owns 39 per cent of the League's main broadcast partner, Sky, may also be linked to the international round scheme.
But even as the League's chief executive, Richard Scudamore, was attempting to fend off the latest attacks on his proposal, Eddington was admitting that the scheme will be dead in the water if the world's football federations continue to turn against it.
"The games have to mean something and be competitive to make it work," Eddington said.
"But it's unlikely to happen if the authorities are not in favour and both the Australian federation and the Asian Football Confederation have come out in opposition."
Australia became the latest association to distance themselves from the project yesterday, claiming that they would never support foreign teams playing competitive matches on their territory if it impacted on the development of their own league.
Australian Football Federation chairman Frank Lowry said: "We said when this issue first arose last week that FFA's overwhelming priority is to promote the Hyundai A-League and to continue to invest in, and grow, the game in Australia. That remains our view."
Scudamore told Sky last night that, despite reports of doubts creeping in among some of the League's 20 clubs, the chairmen who voted to explore the proposal more fully last week remained solidly behind him.
"The media have tried to make up some idea that people are breaking ranks, but everyone is in the same position," he said. "They want to know answers to some questions. They want to think through some of the implications for the competition.
"There are lots of questions yet to be answered and we need to see whether it stacks up. We need to see whether it's worth it. Is the gain worth some of the downside?
"What we haven't talked about yet is the actual format of who will play who. We're not fixed on that at all.

"I have a cupboard full of models as to how it could and couldn't work. Fans can impact on things like that, on the basis of what is the fairest way. None of the solutions are entirely self-evident."
The League's clubs have been accused of putting money before tradition and their fans' interests. One chief executive, Keith Lamb, of Middlesbrough, appeared to admit as much yesterday when he said that his team's financial problems made it essential to explore every new opportunity. "It's not all about money, but it's not far off being all about money when you sit on my side of the table," Lamb said.
"Everything is expensive - players are expensive, contracts are expensive. If we can get 5 million more a year out of playing in a foreign country, it's 5?million more we've got to spend on the Riverside Stadium and our squad, and it would be a big help to us."
Unread 14-02-2008, 09:01 AM
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Some refreshing honesty there

"It's not all about money, but it's not far off being all about money when you sit on my side of the table,"
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