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Platini has plans for European football—and they include Britain, whether we like it or not. Plus The Damned United tells it like it is

By David Goldblatt   April 2009

Take heed of Platini’s plan for EU sport

In late February Michel Platini, former European footballer of the year and now president of Uefa, addressed the European parliament. In parallel with mainstream reporting of European politics, the British sports media’s coverage of the occasion was thin, selective to the point of inaccuracy and mostly oblivious to the wider context. Of course, you may think that the level of coverage was appropriate. Particularly if you believe that the European parliament is a toothless talking shop and Uefa has no significant jurisdiction over our domestic football—so why bother listening? How many times…

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