WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: UEFA plan tax strike

25/03/2009 09:22

We'll tax you


Big-spending Chelsea and Manchester United are bracing themselves for a tax strike from UEFA. Europe’s governing body is plotting to hit the continent’s top clubs with a Major League Baseball-style luxury tax policy. UEFA wants to reform the business side of football’s elite clubs in its campaign for “financial fair play”. Among those seriously affected would be Chelsea and United who, although bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and American tycoon Malcolm Glazer respectively, carry more than £1billion of debt. UEFA is looking at adopting ideas from the MLB, which taxes free-spending clubs on all they splash out above a set payroll threshold. The money is redistributed around the league. Last season the New York Yankees paid almost £20million to its rivals. If UEFA introduced the system, clubs would have to pay their bill before being allowed to play in the Champions League or the rebranded Europa League.
Adam Simmons, The Sun

Meanwhile, the Mail claims a major row is escalating between football's elite referees and the FA following the decision to overturn goalkeeper Brad Friedel's red card at Liverpool, clearing him to face United on Sunday week.

In other news, Phil Dowd, the referee at the centre of the furore surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, has received the full support of his colleagues as the elite officials refused to accept they are forcing out the player voted the best in the world. And Dowd, widely praised for his decision to send off Wayne Rooney for dissent in United’s 2-0 defeat against Fulham, was asked to take his fellow referees through a video of his performance at Craven Cottage.

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