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SBD Global/March 4, 2014/International Football

DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach Defends Expansion Plans Of UEFA's Michel Platini

DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach has defended plans by UEFA's Michel Platini.
German Football Federation (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach "has defended the plans of UEFA President Michel Platini," according to Marc Schmidt of BILD. Niersbach "has warned the German Football League (DFL) of egotism." Europe's top leagues "are opposing UEFA's new plans." A UEFA working group "is now pushing ahead its plans for a National League, which is a sort of Champions League for national teams." The working group "will present its concept at the UEFA Congress in Astana, Kazakhstan on March 27." Niersbach defended UEFA's plans for a National League. He said, "We can't see all processes through German glasses. In most European countries, international friendlies have lost their value. We are, together with the Dutch and English, the big exception." Niersbach added, "We are in close contact with the leading federations. They have similar questions as we do regarding the Nations League." League representatives such as Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Schalke's Peter Peters and Leverkusen's Rudi Völler "have recently attacked Platini and his politics of expansion." Niersbach said, "I can't really comprehend the mistrust against UEFA's plans. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge knows the current state of the discussions, so do [DFL President] Reinhard Rauball and [DFL CEO] Christian Seifert. It's important to them that there won't be any additional national team games" (BILD, 3/2).
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