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Manchester United: United Issue Compensation Demand

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posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 05:57 AM
Manchester United are amongst the top European clubs demandingcompensation when players go on international duty.

They are ready to take on the might of Fifa president Sepp Blatter who is dead against the idea of clubs receiving and financial boost from internationals.

Old Trafford chief executive David Gill says United are not against international football but feel the present system is unfair.

"As a Premier League club, we want a successful England team and the competitions they play in increase football's popularity around the world.

"We are not saying you shouldn't have championships, but the fact the governing bodies can generate vast amounts of money in sponsorship and TV revenue through an asset they get for free is something that just cannot continue.

"We are waiting to see what Fifa's response is to the complaint we have put forward to the competition authorities but there has to be scope for Fifa and Uefa to slice some of the profits they make from major tournaments to repay the clubs who provide the assets which provide the income."

United have already had their fair share of problems because of
international football this season. The campaign began with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gabriel Heinze missing because of the Olympic Games, then during the last international break Gary Neville fractured a knee cap, Louis Saha damaged knee ligaments and Darren Fletcher was injured meaning all missed important club games.

United will not receive any compensation for the disruption, even though Fifa and Uefa cream off vast profits from the World Cup and European Championships.

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They have a point, can't see this happening though.

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