Responding to claims that UEFA’s new Financial Fair-Play rules are toothless, and will do nothing to inhibit future financial excesses, President Michel Platini has introduced a car-pooling scheme for footballers attending training and home matches.
The hapless Frenchman insists the initiative will benefit both the environment and the players’ pockets.
He said: “It is imperative that we take the lead on this, and demonstrate that some measure of financial responsibility is here to stay.”
Under the plans, players will receive free family tickets to the UEFA Museum, situated adjacent to the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, on demonstrating that they have, over the course of the season, regularly shared journeys with a fellow player, staff-member or trainee.
Speaking to assembled journalists, Platini maintained that the money saved by players on petrol will in turn reduce the astronomical wage demands of some of Europe’s top stars.
He said: “Clearly the cost of running a car has triggered the kind of wages we see nowadays.
“UEFA is taking the lead on tackling this issue head-on. The days of clubs exploiting the financial weaknesses and rising petrol prices experienced by smaller clubs are over.”