UEFA: Soccer robbery
MONTE CARLO — UEFA president Michel Platini today described the current soccer transfer system as robbery and said he would like to see it revamped.
“I think transfers are robbery,” the former France captain told a media conference.
“Today, the player is more a product than a player and that irks me because there is a whole lot of people trying to make this player make money in order to earn commissions, we should think about that and try to find something more healthy.
“Players are not free and are they don’t even belong to clubs, they belong to financial holdings, companies or people, whereas before you belonged to the club, now it’s a holding company or a financial company or one person.
“I don’t think it is right. I believe this is important and this is new in the world of football,” he added. “We are looking into that, working on it, I agree maybe this window is too big, too long.”
Kaka wants to leave Real
MADRID — Real Madrid’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka has told the Spanish club he wants to leave after deciding he will not get sufficient playing time under new coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The 31-year-old has failed to reproduce the form that won him a World Player of the Year award in 2007 since he joined Real from AC Milan for a fee of 65 million euros in 2009.
Real have several players ahead of him in the pecking order, including Germany’s Mesut Ozil and Spain’s Isco, and Kaka said he hoped to move on before the transfer window closes on September 2.
“The club knows I want to leave and I would like them to help me find a solution for my exit,” he told reporters on Thursday after scoring two goals in a 4-0 win in a friendly at Deportivo La Coruna.
“Things are difficult for me here, there is less room in the squad all the time,” he added.
“I am ready every day to train and work but that does not mean that I am happy.”
Kaka’s departure is likely to be complicated by negotiations over his wages as he is one of the best paid players in the world, earning more than 10 million euros a season, according to media reports.
Odom arrested for DUI
CALIFORNIA — Veteran NBA star Lamar Odom was arrested this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence when California Highway Patrol saw him driving erratically on the 101 Freeway.
Odom, who has been plagued by reports of marital problems recently, was arrested at 3:54 a.m. and booked in Van Nuys at 5:01 a.m., jail records say.
According to the California Highway Patrol report, Odom was driving eastbound on the 101 Freeway in a “serpentine manner” at speeds of about 50 mph. Authorities tried to pull him over, but weren’t successful at first. When he eventually came to a stop, Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” according to the report.
Odom also refused to do the chemical test at the station, which under California law means that his license will be suspended for a year.