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Asia is a huge continent and home to more than 60 per cent of the world's population. There cannot be one solution towards professionalising the whole of the continent. It is a sum total of many regions and countries having their own distinct business models.feedback
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Apr 25 2017
The latest person who has talked about UEFA is Michel Platini: “If I am rehabilitated in my rights, I'll be at (this summer's) Euro tournament. If I am not rehabilitated in my rights, I'll listen to the commentators.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Michel Platini and all the other people that have spoken about UEFA. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Hans-Joachim Watzke - Borussia Dortmund

I briefly considered whether we should leave the competition completely. But then it would have been a victory for the perpetrators. If a player isn't able to play then he can tell the coach, and I also said that there would have been complete understanding and every form of support from us. The players have the opportunity to deal with the psychological side of the attack with experts and to get any help from us. They did not want to hurt Borussia Dortmund explicitly. It was an attack on Germany.feedback

Juergen Klopp

Everybody can imagine it was a difficult moment for me because I don't know how often I was in the team hotel with Dortmund. I know exactly the road. A lot of my friends were in the bus. I was really concerned, scared for them.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

Basically, we had the feeling that we were being treated as if a beer can had hit our bus, and half an hour later the decision was there that (it would be) tomorrow at 6.45pm. That gives you a feeling of powerlessness. We were not attacked on the field by an opponent; we were attacked from inside the bus as men. Of course this has an effect and it was a terrible experience for all of us. We wanted to have a bit more time to deal with it. We didn't get the time.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

The team wanted so badly a bit of time to deal with it so we were in our best shape because the dream is to go to the semi-finals in Europe. We had the feeling today everybody that we are not in the best shape, not focused enough for football. Who will blame us for that? Nobody. Everybody has the right to deal with it the way he wants to. If you want to talk about it, talk. If you want to be silent, be silent. If you need a hug, I hug you or find someone who hugs you at home.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

It's all different characters and it was very inspiring to see how we dealt with it in the second half. We made a good second half. The game is over now and it feels a bit weird.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

We were informed by text message that UEFA were making this decision. We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.feedback

Reinhard Rauball

Of course this is an extremely difficult situation for the players. But they are professionals, and I am convinced that they will put it aside and perform. It would be a bad thing for those who did this to succeed in influencing the team in some way.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

The situation is absurd. We only had 15 players available in the squad. We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.feedback

Thomas Tuchel - Borussia Dortmund

Every player has the right to deal with it in his way. The team did not feel in the mood, in which you must be for such a game. We let the players choose if they wanted to play. But this morning, we found that the training had done good, that it had made us think of something else. We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground. Everyone has their own way of reacting to events. The players had the choice not to play but no one chose this option. There are players who can easily deal with what's happened and others who worry more - very mixed feelings.feedback

Nuri Sahin

There is so much more than football in this world. It's hard to talk about it, it's hard to find the right words. We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, my country, on New Year's Eve. It was close but also very far from us and last night we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this and I don't wish anyone a feeling like this.feedback

Nuri Sahin

I get goosebumps. When we were on the bus last night, I can't forget the faces. I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. When I saw Marc there, and I sit next to Schmeller and I will never forget Schmeller's face. It was unbelievable. We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.feedback

Pedro Pinto - Uefa

The decision to play the match today at 18.45 (local time) was made last night at BVB stadium in cooperation and complete agreement with clubs and authorities. We were in touch with all parties today and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play.feedback

Marc Bartra

I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the representatives of the two clubs, the local authorities, and the supporters for their cooperation on the ground.feedback

Ronald Koeman

Yes (he needs rest). He will not be playing in that tournament in the summer. Steve Walsh spoke to the people from the FA. Normally, in the future, he will be the Under-21s or even the (senior) national team. What I like to see is passion and they need to understand and support each other.feedback

Ronald Koeman

I saw a reaction because I think we are too nice together and you have to talk – and maybe sometimes you have to shout. But I don't have a problem because it's an emotional thing. The two boys have spoken to each other because you need to win the game and afterwards be friends, but not on the pitch.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

If I tell Uefa what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why?feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

Quite simply, money does not rule and the football pyramid must be and will be respected. To some leagues, I will say: we will never give in to the blackmail of those who think they can manipulate small leagues because they think they are all powerful because of the astronomical values they generate. Why be afraid of dialogue? Why be afraid of telling them face to face how we could shape the future together, hand in hand, in the best interests of football. And why be afraid to tell them openly what we will never accept.feedback

Iker Casillas

What can I say? I don't like [the jeers towards Navas]. I experienced it and you have to have a lot of courage to forget about it. It is a demanding club. With what Keylor did last year, winning the most important competition in Europe at club level - which neither UEFA nor FIFA have recognised - I do not say he is the best, but at least the second. With all due respect to Gigi [Buffon], it cannot be. Along with [Jan] Oblak, we are talking about two guys who had a spectacular Champions League.feedback

Clemente Villaverde

Leicester are here on their own merits. They overcame a very important team like Sevilla in the last round. For sure it will be a very difficult tie. This will be really difficult for us. We played them in the UEFA Cup in the 1990s [when Atletico won 4-1 on aggregate], and we hope to follow the same steps this time.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies. A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday. Fatigue has a price. I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way.feedback

Freddie Ljungberg

To stay at one club for so long, I think is great. Because I don't think we [footballers] are that loyal anymore. So for me, he is a role model.feedback

Henrik Larsson

To be able to still wake up in the morning and still go to practice and then play the games at the weekend [at that age], it's fantastic.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

And our playing style is very attractive for a lot of players as well. Plus we are able to compete with the other big clubs financially. All in all, Bayern have become a more interesting option for players in recent years. Bayern are behind Real Madrid in the UEFA club ranking, but ahead of Barcelona. That alone is proof of Bayern's reputation in world football. We have consistently proven ourselves at the top. I think only Madrid are ahead of us as a football brand.feedback

Rob Lewis Jones

As you can see behind me, the Champions League will be happening up in June, and it is taking place in Cardiff, our capital city. We hope to bring in a vast amount of tourists then, and also put Wales on the map in terms of the coverage that we will get through this sporting event. And that it will also encourage people that are not sports-minded to come and visit Wales once they see our fantastic array of scenery and culture that we have to offer.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

I told one gentleman from UEFA of my concerns. He just told me the players are insured, so what happens to them is no problem. And I do not know what team to play, really. I do not know if Mkhitaryan is going to play. I do not know.feedback

José Mourinho - Manchester United

It is hard for me to believe that we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field. I have a lot to think about because I was expecting something more playable. In a very similar pitch in the summer in China we decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play. I was analysing these very good opponents that we did not speak about yet, and in their previous matches against Bayern, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, in all these matches it looked for me a very playable pitch. I was very surprised with what I found here.feedback

Guy-Laurent Epstein - Uefa

BT have delivered strong audiences in the UK and we are excited about their future plans for the use of social media, which will engage a growing fan base that consumes sport in different ways.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The proposal was to establish terms limits. As you see, current situation is we don't have any term limit, we only have an age limit of 70. The new proposal is that UEFA President and UEFA Executive Committee members may now only serve a maximum of three terms of four years. For all the UEFA competitions, there will be a transparent bidding process. So, no more political favours, no more political tools for us, for any single organisation for every competition, you would have to pass the bidding procedure.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I am very pleased that the executive committee gave a unanimous backing to reforms I consider essential for the strengthening of UEFA. I am convinced that our member associations will also endorse these good governance proposals to create a stronger and more transparent governing body for the good of European football.feedback

Andrea Traverso - Uefa

With many concerned about competitive balance within and between leagues, UEFA, together with its stakeholders, will need to continuously review and adapt its regulations to this fast- changing environment.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

UEFA must remain vigilant and take note of the less positive trends also highlighted in the report, such as a return to high wage growth and the increasing concentration of sponsorship and commercial revenue among a handful of clubs.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

When FIFA presents us some serious thing and not just articles and interviews then we can, of course, answer concretely.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

There will not be any more political favors in decisions concerning who will host the final.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

I read different ideas every day, so it is hard to say which one is the real one, if any.feedback

Ed Woodward

While our financial results for this quarter reflect the impact of our non-participation in the UEFA Champions League, we are pleased that we remain on track to deliver record revenues for the coming year. During the quarter we added a number of top-quality players to our squad, which once again demonstrates our determination to challenge for trophies.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

The communication was not right. The national associations and clubs didn't know anything about it so that is a problem of UEFA and it shouldn't happen again. So, I have to come there, see the deal and then decide what to do.feedback

Theodore Theodoridis - Uefa

We have a new president after a year during which we faced situations that you all are aware of. I hope from now on we will move forward so that this organisation will become even better.feedback

Aleksander Ceferin

My beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it. And I hope that one day you will also be proud of me. Thank you very much.feedback

Ioannis Karagiorgas - Euronews

UEFA' s new president was elected by a landslide. However his position is already very difficult. He needs to find a solution on the integrity of European football in general and the European association in particular while at the same time he must find a way to calm down reactions on the new financial deal on the Champions League.feedback

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Real Madrid who, as everybody knows last year won the Champions League title, and kicking out in the semis Manchester City but at the end, Manchester City got much more money thanks to the market pool than Real Madrid as winner, and I believe that was not very fair and serious and that had been a bit corrected by UEFA.feedback

Sepp Blatter

I am going to defend the situation, and I'm sure at the end, or perhaps I can't say (for) sure, that the panel will understand that the payment made to (former UEFA head Michel) Platini was really a debt that we had against him, and this is a principle, if you have debts you pay them.feedback

Theodore Theodoridis - Uefa

It is not the first time that there has been speculation regarding the possibility of a breakaway league, and it probably won't be the last.feedback

Marco Bogarelli - Dalian Wanda Group

Many talented players are deciding to play in Asia instead of coming to Europe. One day, Asia will have the money for Cristiano Ronaldo to play there . . . It is in the common interest for these five leagues to have football growing in Europe [in order to] maintain its leadership.feedback

Simon Thomas - Plaid

I cannot think of a more positive message that the Welsh team is sending than to have young girls and boys kicking a ball around at the end of an international football match.feedback

David Griffiths

UEFA's frowning on it unfortunately because it's encroachment on the pitch. But the team is run like a family and the boys have been together for so long.feedback

Pierre-Henry Brandet

If there is a failure, it is that of soccer, which is sick because some of its fans drink excessively and fight.feedback

Francois Hollande

It's a threat that exists, and I wouldn't be in this position as president if I didn't tell you very clearly that there is a threat. It's a threat that will be around for a long time. So we must take every precaution to ensure this tournament, Euro 2016 will be a success. And it will be.feedback

Michel Platini

If I am rehabilitated in my rights, I'll be at (this summer's) Euro tournament. If I am not rehabilitated in my rights, I'll listen to the commentators.feedback

Douglas Meléndez

I want to ask those people, lawyers and law firms that provide services to these companies, to not make any mistakes. We are going to call them and we are going to request information and we'll meet with them. I hope that they will not make the mistake of hiding any information.feedback

Didier Deschamps

There is no chance of playing in front of empty stadia. The stadia will be full. I think that UEFA, the French state are doing everything to have a maximum of security. Today guaranteeing 100% security is impossible, but you must not be worried or afraid, the audience will come, the stadium will be full and it'll be the celebration of football despite the tragic events we went through in Paris.feedback

Michel Platini

I'm fighting on that, I'm fighting for that, I'm fighting to be left in peace, to be, not exonerated, because I don't like to say this word, but I'm fighting to go against the injustice of the people who took my job away.feedback

Michel Platini

I hope to go back to work as soon as possible, I hope to go back to the office as soon as the decision has been given by the appeal commission and then, well, prepare Euro (2016 tournament). There are things to do that are important; it's been several months that I've not been working. I always tried to be reasonable regarding the decisions, regarding especially UEFA, so I'm waiting to go back, to work on the Euro, this beautiful European football party which will take place in a country called France.feedback

Michel Platini

It has been a really good hearing, it has been very well conducted by people who have been sincere and I'm quite happy about how it went. Now, their interpretation – we'll see how it will go, I don't know what they are going to do, but I'm quite happy with how it went.feedback

Michel Platini

I am the first one to be disgusted by this. I have stomach trouble when I think about the FIFA problem.feedback

Pedro Pinto - Uefa

He's a man of conviction, he's a man who has always been transparent and one of the few, if not the only one, to admit who he voted for. He has nothing to hide and is someone who I think is respected around the world of football.feedback

Stefano Tacconi

Inside the dressing room, nobody knew exactly what was happening, but we knew about the deaths, some people said maybe 1, 4, 5, 6 deaths, we didn't know how many. After the match, we knew the correct number. We were heavily criticised for celebrating the victory, but we were forced to celebrate with Juventus fans inside the stadium by UEFA and the Belgian organisation to avoid our fans leaving the stadium at same time as the Liverpool supporters.feedback

Sepp Blatter

We cannot allow the reputation of FIFA to be dragged through the mud any longer. These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA, the events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football.feedback

Sepp Blatter

Many people hold me responsible. We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

UEFA shows this FIFA the red card. Today's events are a disaster for FIFA and tarnish the image of football as a whole.feedback

Andy Roxburgh - Uefa

The Euro that was played in England in '96 with 16 teams was very good, so, the fears were unfounded. And, all I would say here is that we're now going to this increased number. Standards in Europe are rising all the time and I think that the officials that have made this decision can see a number of benefits in it, clearly a number of benefits.feedback

Michel Platini

We are extremely proud to see the huge interest in the bidding process, with more than half of our member associations willing to host matches at UEFA EURO 2020. The finals will be a great celebration of football across the European continent, and the 60th anniversary edition will be truly special, by really coming to the doorstep of all football fans.feedback

Michel Platini

If we had doubts, this must have been a very complex organisation, involving the players of Lyon, the players of Zagreb, the players of Ajax, the players of Real Madrid, all the referees and so on. So we need to be very careful about what we say, that's why I have no doubts on the integrity of the competition. Furthermore, the early warning system that we have put in place throughout Europe has not expressed any warning of illegal betting on this game, so any doubts have been cleared, he said.feedback

Wolfgang Niersbach

We have been certain for a while now to steer towards this goal because we assume the generation of stadiums built for 2006 will not only need a tidy-up but even a full modernization in a further nine years.feedback

Michel Platini

Hard days awaits Turkish football not only Fenerbahce. You will see this when you learn evidences.feedback

Angelina Kariakina

UEFA expects around 800,000 fans to visit Ukraine throughout the championship, but it's a different story according to the Ukrainian Hostel Association. Their figures suggest it's less than half that, more like 350,000. The exact numbers will only become clear after the tournament comes to an end.feedback

Daria Kulinska

This is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe. Our colleagues from UEFA call it 'The Big Baby'. It's our guests' favourite stadium.feedback

Michal Pol

When UEFA gave us Euro 2012, everybody thought it would be a kind of 'Marshall plan' like the one that western European countries had after World War II. Everybody thought there would be lots of new highways and high speed railways, but today, for example, it takes longer to go by train from Warsaw to Vrotslav than it did before World War II.feedback

Michel Platini

We are asking all the governments to assume their responsibilities in relation to this violence. It's violence which most of the time happens outside the stadiums. We would take on our responsibilites if we can find the means.feedback

Jose Manuel Barroso - European Commission

We understand perfectly well the good intention of President Platini trying to see in which way we can have a better coordination, a better cooperation of the national police, but it is not in the European Commission competences to act in that direction.feedback

Aleksander Ciric

What they did to us there in Kosovo… I believe that is the root cause of this and it is not going to end well.feedback

Ivica Dacic

This was a political provocation. The main question for me is how will the European Union and UEFA react, because if someone from Serbia had unveiled a flag of Greater Serbia in Tirana or Pristina, it would already be on the agenda of the UN Security Council.feedback

Harry Been

It is a regretful situation on which we will report; the referee, myself and the security advisor. The circumstances were such that we couldn't continue the match. You all saw what happened and I cannot comment on who is to blame or what to blame. I will submit a report with my colleagues to UEFA and UEFA will decide what will happen further.feedback

Lorik Cana

Unanimously, we decided that because of the situation and the physical condition of some of the players who had been hurt, some had facial injuries, and also our mental state and the poor security, we decided that the game could not continue.feedback

Branislav Ivanovic

What happened is something we can't comprehend at the moment. On behalf of my team, all I can say is that we wanted to carry on and that we shielded the Albanian players every step of the way to the tunnel after the riot broke out.feedback

Michel Platini

It will be a lot easier from a financial perspective for all the countries.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

The UEFA 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent in various major cities through Europe following a decision taken today.feedback

Alexander Djordjadze

The law envisages serious fines and bans, banning from matches hooligans, it envisages arrests and suspension of businesses for organisers of the matches.feedback

Patrick Vieira

Sixty-three percent of those that voted are admitting that they are not fighting racism or that they don't want to fight these problems. I played in Italy for years so I know the issues, I saw the issues.feedback

Pep Guardiola - Manchester City

In the end we adapt to everything … but it's clear that this was a problem for the spectacle.feedback

Jerome Valcke

It's better to say 'no' and to have a clean situation than to say, maybe yes, but it depends on what it is exactly and if it's bad you will be sanctioned but that's a disciplinary body will do it after the game', or if it's good, OK, it can be accepted', that's impossible.feedback

Michel Platini

With the development of football and the development of betting activities around football, that brought into play a lot of money and people interested by that money. But we cannot lead the investigation with our UEFA employees any more, we need a police, people taking care of that. I have been asking for that since 2007, as I became President, I wanted to have a Sports Police.feedback

Iker Casillas

I don't think so. In football controls are done by the Consejo Superior de Deportes, the Spanish Federation, UEFA, FIFA, our clubs… We have controls too but unlike cycling there aren't any cases of doping.feedback

Michel Platini

To put the goal-line technology in the competition is 50 million euros in five years, I prefer to give 50 million euros to grassroots, the development of football than to put 50 million towards technology, for perhaps one or two goals per year.feedback

Gianni Infantino - Uefa

I think the message is we are fighting against racism and we do it in an efficient way, and if a player or club offical is behaving in a racist way then they;ll be banned for 10 matches.feedback

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

Exactly on that point we have a question from someone called Arthur Eld, who asks if you think FIFA and UEFA are doing enough to combat racism in the stadiums?feedback

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