Money has changed the face of football, allowing Premier League clubs to attract world class talents and gain a pre-eminent position in Europe as well as increasing TV viewersips around the world.
Nevertheless, as seen on the laissez-faire Wall Street where frothy assets are created and distributed at will, too much of a good thing can be self-defeating and money's perverse influences have to be kept in check by an effective regulator. As they say, money is the root of all evil.
UEFA President Michel Platini has clearly taken this inconvenient truth to heart and is determined to eradicate football's bigggest scrouges - corruption and match-fixing. In a long overdue but nonetheless dramatic move, UEFA will launch a gambling investigating unit next season featuring experts who will review suspected irregularities in 27,000 matches in the first and second division of 53 UEFA members.
Michel Platini is prone to fatuous outbursts like his personal attack on Arsene Wenger but this time, he chose his battleground wisely by calling match fixing "a serious risk to football." He said: "I'll be extremely firm with those who cheat. I don't accept players who cheat and will suspend them from any activity in football."
UEFA has started the ball rolling by cutting its regulatory teeth on two obscure football clubs. President of Macedonian football club Pobeda Prilep, Alexander Zabrcanec and former team captain Nikolche Zdraveski - were accused of manipulating the final score of a Champions League qualification match against Armenian side Pyunik Yerevan, on July 13 2004 for their own benefit.
To be sure, match-fixing is an old story being rehashed. See the full article at http://soccernetlive.com/2009/03/28/michel-platini-crusade-against-evils-of-money-in-football/.