Football Notes: Platini Points Out That Sanction Decisions Are Not His
UEFA President Michel Platini has assured that he does not make the decision to exclude a team from UEFA, "but it does not bother him that fans and teams center their anger on him," according to AS. Platini: "I am not the one that decides, but everyone attacks me. In all fashions, yes my destiny is to be the target of others. We will see if the institutions legitimize the morality of our business. We have a letter from the European Commission, so we will see" (AS, 5/16). ... The "economic problems that affect a good portion of the Spanish teams could result in a rare situation: that three matchdays from the end of the championship, the current 14th-place team could end up playing in Europe next season." UEFA has not granted licenses for European competition to eight Spanish teams, "which could result in this strange situation" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 5/16).