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Platini appeals to governments

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UEFA president Michel Platini has written to Prime Minister Gordon Brown asking for his help in battling "the malign and ever-present influence of money" in the modern game.

Platini´s letter, which was sent to all European leaders, calls on governments to accept their role as "the last hope for a healthy and balanced future of European football".

England has been a hotbed for foreign investment in recent years and with the current broadcast deal far outstripping its predecessors the professional game is currently awash with cash, but Platini fears the prevalence of money could lead to a dangerous shift in traditional values.

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