LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 3 November 2009 London Lite PLATINIWANTSInbrief Pearson probes Bullard transfer lINCOMING Hull chairman Adam Pearson is demanding to know who was responsible for clearing Jimmy Bullards club record transfer in January. The former Fulham midfielder has played just 69 minutes of Premier League football for his new club, and Pearson wants details of the midfielders medical examination. A Hull source told The Sun: Adam has got his teeth into the Bullard transfer deal. Hernia op is on cards for Torres lFERNANDO TORRES is reportedly suffering from a hernia problem that will need surgery if he is overplayed. The Times claims the Liverpool medical staff have told Rafa Benitez that the Spanish striker needs to be treated with kid gloves or he will need an operation that will rule him out for two months. Ahead of Wednesdays crucial game in Lyon, boss Benitez said: We are trying to manage, he was close to having an operation. Dizzy Ireland feared for life lSTEPHEN IRELAND feared he was going to die when he was rushed to hospital after complaining of dizziness during the Carling Cup tie with Fulham. But no reason for the Manchester City stars strange turn was ever established. Thankfully it wasnt too serious because at the time I thought that was the end of me, he said. I dont know what it was. I have had every test that there is. HappyasGallito have Becks back lMILAN vice-president Adriano Galliani has expressed his delight at the confirmation that Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham will be re-joining them in January in another loan deal. We are happy to see David Beckham back with the Rossoneris shirt after the wonderful experience of last season, said Galliani. Were sure that this period in Europe will help the player to participate in the next World Cup. Hughton Harps on about Lee lMANAGER Chris Hughton praised the quality of Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper after a 1-0 win at Sheffield United restored the Magpies position at the top of the Championship. The 34-year-old produced several fine stops to help condemn the Blades to a fourth straight league defeat. Hughton said: Hes a very calming influence, a mature lad and a mature player and that has been invaluable for us. ON ENGLISH CLUBS IN EUROPE To take part in our competitions you must not spend more money than you receive ON fOREIGNERS IN PREmIER LEAGUE Im not in favour of the Arsenal system. The more English players you have the better ON ENGLISH SUPPORTERS They love football, and are the only fans who get angry about diving UEFA president says sort debt or risk Champions League expulsion AS Chelsea and Manchester United continuetoflytheEnglishflaginEurope tonight an unlikely name emerges as their champion. Michel Platini, often caricatured as the enemy of the Premier League, today declares his intention to save English football from debt and destruction. TheUEFApresidentinsistsclubsmust operate within their means and issues thestarkwarningthatif theydont,they risk expulsion from Europe. The philosophy to participate in our competittions is you must not spend more money than you receive, he told the Daily Telegraph. In Germany, debts are not accepted. In England they are. Some of the chief executives are not OK with the chance of new regulations [on debt] because theydontwanttochangetheirbusiness. The owners are OK with it. [Roman] Abramovich hardly bought one player this year. Platini said a UEFA committee meets from Monday to formulate new rules on debt. We have three years to regulate the situation. The idea is not to kill the clubs but to help them have better balance. He cites the example of Manchester United, dragged into debt by the Glazer family. Gill [chief executive, David Gill] is a very good guy and perhaps United will resolve the debts in the future. If you put the same [strict] regulations for all the clubs in Europe they will accept, said Platini. The Frenchman has a real issue with thegrowthof foreignownershipandthe number of non-English players. You English can put in rules so you have no more foreign owners, like in Germany where no foreign owner can have more than 50 percent of shares in a club. The more English youth players you have in your team, the better. I am not in favour of the Arsenal system. Buthesavedhismostringingendorse- ment of the English game for the fans themselves. Football belongs to the fans and you have great fans in England. They love football. They respect the decisions. England is the only country where they get angry about diving. They are great football people. BY GEOFF TEATHER SIR ALEX FERGUSON welcomes the return of Darren Fletcher to Manchester Uniteds starting line- up against CSKA Moscow tonight and is delighted the fellow Scot is finally recognised as a big game player. The 25-year-old midfielder had largely been regarded as a squad player among the superstars at Old Trafford but the Scotland captain has developed into a key member of Fergusons Premier League winners over the past 18 months. Ferguson said: Darren is now getting an acceptance that he is a very important player for us. Our fans see that he is a key performer in major games. That has been very important to the lad because it gives him confidence. Dimitar Berbatov is a doubt with a knee problem while new father Wayne Rooney is unlikely to be involved after the birth of son Kai yesterday. 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