Leeds chief Bates snubs Chelsea in his programme notes… and blasts UEFA and FIFA's 'antics'
20:14 GMT, 19 December 2012
Leeds chairman Ken Bates has not mentioned Chelsea in his programme notes ahead of the sides' Capital One Cup clash.
Bates used to be the Blues' owner and in the build up to the game even described Wednesday night's clash as 'like getting a new Bentley with your mother-in-law in the passenger seat and watching it go over a cliff'.
He was at Stamford Bridge for 21 years before leaving in 2004, and taking over at Elland Road.
Strong words: Ken Bates is unimpressed with both UEFA and FIFA
Instead of writing about his former
club he has blasted UEFA’s decision to spread Euro 2020 across different
countries and has suggested countries will be awarded matches in return
for votes in forthcoming elections.
UEFA president Michel Platini
confirmed recently that Euro 2020 will take place in more than one
venue, prompting fears that many fans will not be able to afford to
Writing in the
match programme ahead of his club’s Capital Cup tie against Chelsea,
Bates said: 'The antics of UEFA and FIFA continue unabated (no pun
Who are ya
Football fans often like asking their opponents the question 'who are ya' when they full well know who they are.
But both Leeds and Chelsea supporters would be entitled to look at this team-sheet handed out at Elland Road and wonder just who 'Marko Marvin' was.
German attacker Marko Marin admittedly
hasn't featured much for the Blues since his summer switch – but you
wouldn't have thought he'd been out for long enough for people to forget
'UEFA’s latest daft idea is that the European Nations Cup is played at venues throughout Europe.
'This could mean the games are staged at anywhere from Dublin to Moscow, Belgrade or even Jerusalem!
'The logistics of implementing this idea would be horrendous, least of all for the PBF (Poor Bloody Fans).
'The competition coincides with the height of the holiday season, which will put pressure on aircraft seat capacity, trains and hotel rooms, to say nothing of the cost involved.
'You can expect two or three small countries to get a venue, thus securing their votes in the next UEFA/FIFA elections.'
Bates also turned his attention to FIFA’s decision to award to 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar.
'There have always been suspicions about staging the World Cup in Qatar,' said Bates.
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Daft! Bates' verdict on Michel Platini and UEFA's decision to host Euro 2020 across the continent
'(FIFA president) Sepp Blatter claimed the reason is by going to new countries it is spreading the word and helps take football to a much wider audience.
'But Australia, who lost out, has a much higher population of over 22 million, compared to Qatar, approximately 1.8m. The climate in Qatar in summer often exceeds 100F, but now there is the suggestion it be switched to winter.
'That’s nothing compared to the irreversible financial damage it would do to domestic football. This madness must be stopped in its tracks.
More reason for anger: Sepp Blatter and FIFA were also a target because of their decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
'The Association of European Leagues, the FAs and domestic leagues should join common cause and say enough is enough.
'If FIFA persists with this scheme they should collectively boycott the event and not make their players available. The ultimate sanction will be to resign from this incompetent organization and see it collapse.
'Both UEFA and FIFA speak with forked tongue. They say that clubs should reduce the size of domestic competitions to reduce players’ fatigue, at the same time increasing international fixtures includes fatuous friendlies, all for profit.'