Date:Tuesday February 18 2014
Inigo Calderon has given his own thoughts on the ridiculous and pathetic decision to not allow 'top flight teams' to play when Chumpions League fixtures are scheduled.
The Hull v Brighton replay in the FA Cup has fallen foul of illogical and pointless UEFA regulations which insist that top level domestic matches cannot take place at the same point as European fixtures and are obviously designed to 'protect' the European money spinner, however Calderon has a common sense view on it when fixtures pile up and we now have to play two games in nigh on 48 hours - UEFA don't care about players.
'I don't understand, it's not common sense. Sorry, but it's not common sense to play two days after a game, more travelling away.'
Common sense and UEFA clearly don't go hand in hand, but as long as they get to protect their little top club gem then what do the rest of the footballing planet matter eh. Ker-ching.
Calderon was talking to Sky Sports and they informed him it was due to UEFA's regulations, and he said.
'Well, then they don't think too much about the players. I don't like that. If you ask someone with common sense and that knows about the physical side, they will know the players will not be ready to play. That is when you are even more tired and I don't understand, but if they are the rules then they don't think too much about the players, that is for sure.'
Clearly they also don't think too much about the clubs, or the fans either, but that doesn't stop them wanting to capitalise on fans taking in Chumps League matches on the TV and paying handsomely for it do they.
What do UEFA care more about, money from TV rights and a bigger audience, or maybe ensuring that domestic fixtures can go ahead wherein teams will be properly rested where the very fans who make up their 'greater audience' and help line their pockets might be able to enjoy a fresh game of football from their own side and players.
Nah the gem that is the joke of European football these days must win through.
And even then, it's only the Chumps League that counts. How many Premiership managers play weak squads in the Europa League, how many managers comment that the Europa League is more trouble than it's worth?
Great job UEFA...congratulations.
We have an all important League of Champions made up of three losers and being third worse loser for some clubs is more important than actually winning a trophy, maybe I miss understand the word 'Champion?'
'The performance of both teams, I can tell you now, won't be the same. They have to look after their players and the fans because I tell you it's not going to be the best performance. Science shows you can't do too much.'
Don't worry Inigo, when you and your colleagues are practically lifeless after the game, you can sit down and watch the TV and help send yourself to sleep by working out how on earth you playing that night would've affected UEFA's little baby.
Date:Tuesday February 18 2014
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