UEFA set to destroy competition in Champions League? England news.
By Andrew Cuff
Monday 13 Oct 2008 16:00:00
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Last week it emerged that UEFA were in the process of drawing up plans to exclude clubs with excessive debts. Today sees a working group set up by UEFA meeting in Geneva to draw up plans and regulation which are set to exclude the three big teams in England. The proposal seems aimed at the likes of last years Champions United, Chelsea and Liverpool who under these restrictions would not be able to participate in the competition.

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Practically we are not likely to see these enforced until next season, though less than a year to right a teams balance sheet is not nearly sufficient. All clubs in Europe have to obtain a licence from UEFA to be able to participate in the Champions League and while there are already restrictions on clubs who do not pay staff or do not pay the transfer sums, Eufa is also looking to including debts secured over and above buildings and land. This appears to be an attempt to curb the massive cash injections from clubs owners for the acquisition of players in the transfer market; but this move is move likely to exclude the big names throughout Europe for a number of years. With more and more clubs extending the amount of debts they hold, like the recent takeover at Manchester City, this decision could exclude a large number of the big clubs, nearly destroying the competition in Europe.

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The Terry injury meant that Rio Ferdinand captaining England at Wembley against Kazakhstan. A disappointing half from both teams meant that the half time interval was goalless. England 0 - 0 Kazakhstan. Rio Ferdinand lead by example in the second half heading in a corner in the 52nd minute and then Kazakhstan scored one in the back of there own net in the 65th minute followed by one in the England net 3 minutes later. Rooney secured the game for the home team putting away a double, one in the 77th minute and another one 9minutes later. Defoe finished off England’s dominant half with a goal in the dying minutes. England 5 - 1 Kazakhstan. England making it three wins from three games.

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Capello showing his trust by playing Walcott alongside Rooney and he is expected to play the mid week match against Belarus once more alongside Rooney who has finally got his golden touch back. Although Rooney is still nursing himself back to full fitness after a scare late last month, he finished 86 minutes in game against Kazakhstan after scoring his second he was substituted for Defoe.

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