NYON: UEFA president Michel Platini is ready to review financial fair play after continuing criticism that it prevents lower and middle order clubs from rising up the football ladder on and off the pitch writes KEIR RADNEDGE.

Speaking in a television interview with BeIn Sports, the head of the European federation said: “I have decide to sunmon a round table to disvuss wha is working and is not working.

“The club licensing committee headed by David Gill (ex-Manchester United ceo and a UEFA executive member) has been listening to what has been said and in May, will come up with proposals – or not – to the executive committee to refine the FFP regulations.”

In the same interview Platini suggested that a German player should win this year’s FIFA World Player award rather than usual favourites Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo, last year’s winner, is the bookmakers’ favourite after his record-breaking goalscoring exploits during Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph last season.

Messi, a four-time winner of the award, is also expected to figure prominently after inspiring Argentina to the World Cup final.

However, Platini said: “I don’t vote for the Ballon d’Or but, in principle, [in a World Cup year] it’s a player who has produced big performances in the tournament who wins it. So, it should be a German this year.

“It was like that until 2010, when Messi won in spite of having had an average World Cup, so nothing is certain for this year.

“However, what is certain is that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world long with Lionel Messi. There’s no doubt about that.”


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