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Rich Premier League worries Fifa

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter believes the Premier League has too much financial power

Fifa president Sepp Blatter admits the huge amount of money being pumped into English clubs by rich foreign owners is a worrying trend.

Blatter says the amount of cash in the Premier League gives English clubs an advantage over their European rivals.

"In France, Germany and Spain there are by-laws that say owners must be from the same country," said Blatter.

"This does not exist in the Premier League and it is a problem we must address."

Nine of England's 20 Premier League clubs are foreign owned, and several, including Chelsea and Manchester City, are likely to invest heavily this summer.

Manchester City have bid about £25m for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o, and are reported to have offered the Cameroon striker wages of up to £250,000 per week, which would make him the highest-paid player in the world.

But despite Blatter's fears, the biggest spenders so far in Europe this summer are Spain's Real Madrid, who are owned by their rank and file members.

Real Madrid's purchases of Kaka from AC Milan for about £56m and Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for about £80m have reportedly been partly financed by loans totalling £128m from Spanish banks.

Mark J - BBC Sport

British law would have to be changed to restrict foreign investment in the Premier League, something that Blatter, the boss of world football's governing body, accepts is not going to happen.

"We have no right to interfere in economic movements. We, the whole Fifa family, are aware of this," he said.

Meanwhile, Blatter insists Fifa is ready to bring in goal-line technology to adjudicate in close decisions - when it is accurate enough.

In Sunday's Confederations Cup final in South Africa between Brazil and USA, a header from Kaka appeared to have crossed the line but a goal was not awarded because the officials were not certain.

"We are open on goal-line technology," said Blatter. "But for the time being, all the technologies that have been represented to the International Football Association Board are not accurate, or not accurate at the level we can decide whether we can honestly say whether it was in or out."

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see also
Man City pull plug on Eto'o move
10 Jul 09 |  Man City
Ronaldo completes 80m Real move
01 Jul 09 |  Man Utd
Kaka completes Real Madrid switch
09 Jun 09 |  Europe
Uefa to consider cap on spending
18 Feb 09 |  Football

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