Chelsea chairman says don't make club join 'great unwashed'

Published 7:39 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018 | Updated 10:58 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2018

LONDON (AP) — Railing against attempts to make soccer more equal, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said Thursday that big teams should not be forced to join the “great unwashed” through new regulations.

UEFA has been exploring ways to improve the competitive balance, to close the divide between clubs across Europe to ensure competitions are not won by the same pool of leading sides.

But Buck warned European football’s governing body that curbing the strength of the leading clubs would be damaging for the sport.

“In terms of competitive balance, which is always viewed in a negative way, I personally believe for the development of football, marquee clubs and marquee players…

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