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The Wembley Laffer Curve

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Wembley loses 2010 final over tax

Wembley Stadium has lost out to Real Madrid's Bernabeu Stadium in its bid to host the 2010 Champions League final because of tax reasons, says Uefa.

Wembley was discounted after failing to provide assurances that players competing in the final would not be taxed by the British government.

"Yes, the reason was the taxes," said Uefa president Michel Platini.


Since when does the FA or Wembley have any say in the Governament's taxation rules?

They could have offered to underwrite any British taxes the poor players might have become liable to if hosting the game means so much.

Uefa are using taxes as an excuse. That smarmy little git platini loves getting at the English. I dont like Blatter either but at least he says fucken ze off like a man; Platini is like a weasely back stabber.

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