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LUFC Bates slams FIFA

LUFC Bates slams FIFA

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates as hit out at what he calls 'greedy FIFA` after seeing his club side missing four players for the midweek Carling Cup clash against Bradford City.

The international friendlies also come on the eve of the new Premier League season with clubs without players as they build up for the start of the new season this weekend.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, "It`s bloody stupid to schedule an international match three days before the start of Premier League season and during the week after the Football League season started.
"It`s just absolute greed on behalf of FIFA, it`s just a money making game for their national invest. Which in turn, helps Mr Blatter get his votes and consolidate his hold on the presidency of FIFA.
"They are playing too many international matches and too many of them are meaningless friendlies."

Leeds were missing Max Gradel, Robert Snodgrass, Aidy White and Darren O`Dea who are all on international duty this week.

Leeds were already depleted with Luciano Becchio, Davide Somma and Billy Paynter on the injury list.

It could have been much worse with Ramon Nunez (Honduras) and Ross McCormack (Scotland) not included in their national sides having been included in their last games.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson could name just six substitutes, with three of them youngsters having never appeared for Leeds first team before.

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Date:Wednesday August 10 2011
Time: 2:38PM

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