UEFA president Michel Platini has outlines his reasons for introducing financial fair play, and said Italian football is still playing catch-up in terms of stadium infrastructure.
Speaking to the Italian press, Platini said he feels football in the country has much work to do to catch up with the rest of Europe.
“Italian football won the World Cup in 2006, and Inter are the current world club champions, but not everything is right,” Platini said.
“The stadiums in Italy are not in good condition and the image is not nice because empty stadiums are a real disaster.
“Laws over redevelopment of infrastructure and stadiums is very important.
“Italian football will be backwards without stadiums compared with other European countries.”
And Platini took the opportunity to explain his financial fair play plans.
“We will have financial fair play. It’s a UEFA congress decision backed by all European clubs,” he added.
“All the football families want to do something. European football has lost plenty of money, and I have to help football be careful in future.
“There are difficult things to do, but we have to do them because it means the future of European football.”