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Candidate: FIFA Must Close Inequality Gap

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:49 PM
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne believes soccer's world governing body should do more to tackle inequality in the game. Champagne, a former FIFA executive who could face current president, Sepp Blatter, as well as UEFA president Michel Platini in the May 2015 election, believes that a lack of a level playing field is damaging the sport.

“Inequality between the continents and inside certain countries -- the German or Spanish league for example -- is growing,” the French diplomat said in an interview with Le Parisien. “It’s FIFA’s duty to struggle to preserve the universality of the game to avoid it transforming into an NBA, where only about 15 clubs would be at the top and the rest lagging behind. The last 16 of the Champions League this season showed huge gaps. It’s the responsibility of FIFA and the other institutions of football to protect the uncertainty of results.”

Champagne went on to criticize Platini, saying that while financial fair play is a good idea, it has not succeeded in closing the inequality gap. "It is a good idea but financial fair play does not respond to the problem, which is the disparity in the redistribution of money,” he said. “Thirty-two clubs collect 85 percent of the money from the Champions League. It’s pointless at the moment to hope that a Norwegian, Bulgarian or French club -- that is not the property of a foreign state -- can go a long way in European competitions.”

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