If football clubs continue their fight to get compensation for players who play international matches, the UEFA foresees a dark and cloudy future for international football. That's what a spokesman for the UEFA said Friday in a press conference.
The UEFA made this statement as a result of the lawsuit issued by Belgian club Charleroi who are looking for compensation after losing their player, Abdelmajid Oulmers, in an international match for Morroco. The lawsuit has moved from the Charleroi courts to the European Court of Justice.
If Charleroi — who is supported by the G14, the 14 biggest and influential clubs of Europe — wins, then it is the end for international football, fears the UEFA. Because then the FA's worldwide would have to start paying for their stars.
"It would be the end for international football," said William Gallard, spokesman for the UEFA. He also predicted that almost every country in the world wouldn't be able to field a team anymore since it would be too expensive.
William Gallard said that fans love international football the most. "If you ask the English fans if they would like to see one English club win the Champions League or England win a championship, then I think you know the answer," he said.
William Gallard had meetings with football experts from all over the world and the meeting had a dark outcome.
"I was talking to Brazilian, Scandinavian and Eastern European football experts, and they all said we would never see our stars playing for the national team again."
"Recently the head of the Irish FA said if we have to pay for our stars we would never see Robbie Keane playing for Ireland again.
"There's no way the Brazilian FA could pay for one fifth of the players."
Several managers had their say on the topic this week, including Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, Ajax boss Henk ten Cate, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Benitez demanded to be compensated for the loss of Dirk Kuyt who sustained an injury after twisting his ankle in the Holland versus Bulgaria match. Meanwhile Henk ten Cate felt that the heavy schedule of the international football matches was taking its toll on talented players like Hedwiges Maduro and Urby Emmanuelson.
Both Maduro and Emmanuelson have been playing almost non stop in the past 18 months for both their club and the national team and are jaded. Ten Cate added to it that he would rather have players give up the national team Under 21. They learn more at training sessions of a top club than at the training camps of the Under 21 squad, according to Ten Cate.
Arsene Wenger made an analogy comparing national coaches to joyriders.
"What the national coaches are doing is like taking the car from his (club manager's) garage without even asking his permission," Wenger said.
"They'll then use his car for 10 days and abandon it in a field without any petrol left in the tank.
"We then have to recover it, but it is broken down. Then, a month later, they'll come to take your car again — and for good measure you're expected to be nice about it."