Platini won't meet with G14

Michel Platini, the Uefa president, has refused to engage in direct talks with G14, a group of 18 European soccer clubs that are at odds with the governing body on several issues.

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Platini addressed one of the group's key issues by saying that players should be insured while they are on international duty to prevent clubs from bearing the financial burden of injuries, but he has refused to deal directly with the body.

"I oppose this idea of players getting paid to play with the national teams," Platini said after a Uefa executive committee meeting in Istanbul. "But injuries after national games is an important issue. Clubs cannot pay for this."

Joan Laporta, the Barcelona president, has warned recently that the G14 clubs are ready to rebel if they are not compensated when players are injured on international duty. Other teams in the group include Manchester United, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

When asked about the demands of the G14, Platini said he could not answer the question because he doesn't "recognise the mentioned association of clubs". The European Club Forum is where matters of the game could be discussed, he said.

The forum is "a body set up to promote dialogue between Uefa and the continent's major clubs," according to the Uefa website.

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