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LILLE---Uefa president Michel
Platini is distinctly under-
whelmed by Bayern Munich and
Borussia Dortmund reaching the
Champions League final and does
shift toward Germany in Euro-
Bayern dismantled Barcelona 7-
0 for the biggest aggregate winning
margin in a Champions League
semifinal, and Dortmund thumped
four goals past Real Madrid before
holding on in the second leg to set
up a final few expected at Wembley
Stadium on May 25.
Still, that does not impress Pla-
"Conclusions are made every
year with respect to the finalists,"
Platini said yesterday, speaking at
a news conference about the 2016
European Championship to be held
"We said the same thing five
years ago about English clubs when
it was Manchester United and
Chelsea in the final, and about
Italian clubs when it was Milan
against Juventus (in 2003)."
Barcelona has been the domi-
nant force in European football in
recent years, winning the Cham-
pions League in 2009 and 2011. It
reached a sixth straight semifinals
this year but was handicapped
without a fit Lionel Messi, who
has a right hamstring injury.
Bayern has lost two recent
finals---last year to Chelsea, which
knocked out Barca in the semis,
and in 2010 to Inter Milan, which
also eliminated Barca in the semis.
Barca was also defeated by United
in the 2008 semis.
"I ve never handed a (Champi-
ons League) trophy to a German
club during my time (as presi-
dent)," Platini said.
"It s cyclical. It s a difficult cup
to win and no team has won it two
years in a row, so I won t draw any
conclusions about the fact there
are two German clubs in the final."
Platini, however, did praise Ger-
man clubs for the way they run
their clubs financially, calling the
German financial model "sane,
healthy and clear. They can t have
any deficit, not even one euro ...
this is what we re trying to put
into place (with Financial Fair Play
"(Clubs) are €1.7 billion ($2.23
billion) in debt when clubs have
never received as much money, so
something had to be done. I have
taken things into hand and we will
start that from next year."
Since 2011, UEFA has been
monitoring clubs finances more
closely and requires them to aim
toward breaking even on their foot-
ball-related business as a condition
of entry for the Champions League
and Europa League.
"Never have all parties been in
such agreement. The clubs, the
national associations, the politi-
cians, everyone agrees on (the rules
of) Financial Fair Play," Platini said.
"As from next year the clubs
will go before the commission and
we will see who is on board and
who is not."
Platini also delivered another
broadside at video technology,
maintaining his vehement stance
"I m not going to change now
at 57 (years old)," he said.
"I am against video technology.
When you see how much it will
cost us, it will be a catastrophe.
... Over five years, it would cost
us 50 million euros ($65.6 million)
to put the goal-line technology
into place. Then you will ask me
for the offside technology. (We)
don t want to spend 50 million for
one issue every six months."
Fifa has committed to using
goal-line technology at the 2014
World Cup in Brazil, and the Eng-
lish Premier League will use it from
Aside from the cost issue, Platini
fears technology will breed a com-
plaint culture whereby "you will
have reviews on every two goals."
Platini on Champions League
All-German final no
sign of dominance
Uefa president and former French soccer star Michel Platini, right, and Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille, speak
during a press conference on the preparations for the European Championship 2016, in Lille, France,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
LONDON---Arsene Wenger wants to
stay on as Arsenal manager beyond
the end of his current contract and
believes the club is now in good shape
to challenge for trophies.
The 63-year-old Frenchman, who
joined Arsenal in 1996, has only one
more season left to run on his deal and
has recently been linked with a possible
summer move to French side Paris
Wenger said yesterday "I respect my
contracts" and "I want to stay (past
2014) if I do well and if I consider or
the club considers that I do well."
Wenger has endured a turbulent
relationship this season with Arsenal s
fans, some of whom are frustrated at
his reluctance to buy new players and
demoralized by the club s lack of
future to Arsenal
LILLE---France plans on using nine
to 11 stadiums for the 2016 European
Championship, but only the Stade de
France and Lille s new 50,000-capac-
ity stadium are fully ready.
Nice s new stadium was expected
next year; Saint-Etienne and Marseille
were halfway through renovations; Bor-
deaux was just beginning its renovation,
while Lyon s new 58,000-capacity
Stade des Lumieres was scheduled to
open for the 2015-16 season, said
Jacques Lambert, president of the
organizing committee, yesterday.
"Three other stadiums will start ren-
ovations between May and autumn.
Lens, (Paris Saint-Germain s) Parc des
Princes and Toulouse are expected to
be ready in autumn of 2015," Lambert
Uefa president Michel Platini con-
siders this a relatively easy challenge
compared to what he faced in Ukraine,
which co-hosted Euro 2012 with
"In Ukraine, stadiums were supposed
to be finished in 2010 and some of
them were completed in March 2012,"
he said. "I hope the stadiums in France
are ready as quickly as possible."
Platini, part of the 1998 World Cup
organizing committee in France, regrets
that planning mistakes back then.
"In 1998, all the money went to the
Stade de France, we invested (most of
the money) into that, and the rest went
on renovations (of other stadiums),"
the former France midfielder
said. "We wasted 15 years."
France to use 9-11
stadia for Euro 2016
LONDON---The IAAF says Olympic
1,500-metre champion Asli Cakir
Alptekin, of Turkey, has been charged
with doping and could be stripped of
her gold medal.
The IAAF says another Turkish ath-
lete, European indoor 60-metre cham-
pion Nevin Yanit, has also been sus-
pended for doping.
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies says
Alptekin was charged based on abnormal
blood values from her biological passport,
which tracks variations in an athlete s
blood profile for signs of cheating.
Davies says Yanit had "multiple pos-
itive findings" in targeted IAAF drug
Both cases have been referred to the
Turkish athletic federation for prose-
cution. Pending a ruling, both athletes
are ineligible to compete.
Davies says "if they are convicted,
they will be stripped of those medals."
2 Turkish athletes
charged with doping
Arsene Wenger Arsenal 's manager
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