Former PSG Sporting Dir Leonardo Slams Platini For Failing To See Role Of Third-Party Ownership
Former Paris St. Germain Sporting Dir Leonardo has accused UEFA President Michel Platini "of not knowing what he is talking about when it comes to the importance of third-party player ownership in South America," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. When asked about Platini's comments about the invasive role of agents and third-party funds in South America, Leonardo answered, "From Nyon he doesn't know what's happening and I have never seen him in South America. If there's a hole in the system, it's logical that others take advantage of it. Clubs no longer have a lot of money. The Bosman ruling freed athletes. Rich private investors exist and so some become owners of (stakes in) footballers" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 12/18).