Platini critical of Ferguson for Europa League comments

Uefa President Michel Platini has criticised Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for branding his side’s transfer from the Champions League to the Europa League as a “punishment”.

United dropped down to the second-tier competition after finishing third in their group following a 2-1 defeat to Basel on Wednesday night and, despite Ferguson’s promise that his side will do everything they can to win the competition, he feels it is some kind of punishment for the Premier League champions.

But Platini launched an attack on Ferguson for disrespecting the tournament, saying: “The world does not revolve around England. I like England a lot, its football is fantastic, its supporters are wonderful but you shouldn’t criticise the Europa League just because you’ve played in three Champions League finals.

“The Europa League is a brilliant competition, it’s amazing. I know Mr Ferguson would have preferred to be in the Champions League but so would many clubs who don’t have that possibility.”

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