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Premiership tells Platini to butt out

The Premier League have told UEFA president Michel Platini to butt out of their affairs.

The Frenchman complained there were not enough English players - or coaches - playing their trade in England, saying: "I don't like the fact that it is too open [in allowing in foreign players]."

Platini's criticism is just the latest of the domestic game in the wake of England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

However, Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson said there was little wrong with the structure at elite level and told the three-time European Footballer of the Year to keep out of their affairs.

"He should really mind his own business. UEFA should look after the Champions League, UEFA Cup and the European Championships," said Johnson.

"We run the Premier League and we run it successfully, which is beneficial to the English game and that is our business and not Platini's business."

Johnson argued the Premier League's ability to attract some of the world's best talent had actually helped home-grown players improve.

"I think the foreign influence on the Premier League has pushed it to the very highest level," he told Radio 5 Live.

"We attract the best in the world and when English players are coming up against the best week in, week out we think it is good for them.

"Do you want more average [English] players or more quality players? We want players who are able to compete with the best in the world.

"If you look at the current crop of players we have a world-class group and the investment that is going in right across Premier League clubs in academy players is high in terms of finance and intellectual commitment.

"I think there are various factors as to why we didn't get through (Euro 2008 qualification) this time but the quality of the players was not one of those factors."

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