Fifa president Sepp Blatter has criticised Europe’s leading clubs for looking to monopolise the sport’s talent.
“There is kind of like a traffic jam of players in Europe,” Blatter told delegates at the sport and business conference Soccerex in Dubai.
“The big clubs with a lot of money they can afford to buy players – a lot of players, and the best players – and they have 25 players, 30 players in their list.
“But football, association football is played by 11 players. Eleven. What are the others doing? Waiting? Recuperating?”
“They cannot play, all of them cannot play,” he said. “Already in Europe now there are teams who, after a third of the competition, cannot win (the title).
“If that level of competition is missing, then there is something wrong with our sport and we have to tackle it.”