Blatter blasts Premier League

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stoked up more controversy with the Premier League by claiming those in charge of England's top flight are just focused on "making money".

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had a private meeting with Blatter on Monday aimed at building bridges between the two organisations, but the gulf appears as wide as ever.

The FIFA president told Bloomberg: "He is working to make a lot of money and I'm working to have football as a social, cultural event around the world, being a school of life, bringing hope, bringing emotions. That's the difference."

At the meeting, Scudamore explained the league's opposition to Blatter's proposed 6+5 rule, which would see a maximum of five foreign players in starting line-ups in domestic games.

Blatter added: "He said that with the exception of (David) Beckham all England national team players play in the English league so therefore still his league is playing English football.

"As long as you have in different teams only one or two English players, I think this is not enough."

The Premier League refused to comment on Blatter's remarks, but Football Association chairman Lord Triesman said Scudamore was was only doing his job.

Triesman said: "I'm not running that business in the same way that President Blatter isn't running that business.

"The chief executive of that business has of course got to look after their interests."

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