Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s spending power is stifling competition in European football.
The former West German striker told Kicker magazine: "Given what Abramovich does every summer in the transfer market, how can German clubs stay competitive?"
Rummenigge also accused Europe’s G14 group of top clubs of being "selfish" and dropped a hint that Bayern may quit the group. Rummenigge outlined his concern about the financial firepower of clubs outside Germany as he said: "I doubt whether in the next 10 years there will be a German club in the final of a European competition. If Werder Bremen get past Barcelona in the Champions League, that would be the eighth wonder of the world. Bremen earn 23m euros from television rights and Barcelona get 143m. I just hope the European Union puts a stop to these excesses of Abramovich and foreign television."
Rummenigge said Bayern, one of the founder members of G14 – which
includes Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United – are now
contemplating pulling out of the group altogether.
He added: "Everybody in the G14 thinks only about themselves. I will
say it absolutely clearly – Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and
his colleagues only fight for themselves. So do the Italians and the English. In football it is pure selfishness
that rules. There is little common ground among the clubs. The way it is at the moment, we would have to think if it is still
worth staying in G14. I am very unsatisfied with the way it is developing. There is no
communication with Fifa, none with Uefa and there are too few common
projects." [Mof Gimmers]