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Michel Platini
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Michel Platini, President of UEFA

In an interview for HARDtalk, the UEFA President, Michel Platini, says he wants to make the Champions League more inclusive by including spots for the bottom 40 in Europe..

European football has become a billion dollar ballgame with vast sums of money earned from TV revenue, merchandising and ticket sales.

Multimillionaires from the USA , Russia and Asia have started to buy English Premier League clubs in what is the single most popular football league in the world.

Michel Platini is the President of European football's governing body, UEFA, and he warns against the "malign and ever present influence of money" in football.

He talks to Stephen Sackur at UEFA's headquarters near Geneva.

HARDtalk is broadcast on BBC World at 04:30h GMT, 09:30h GMT, 14:30h GMT, 18:30h GMT & 21:30h GMT

Hardtalk can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30h & 23:30h.


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