This was always a battle looking for somewhere to happen. As it happens, it will be in France and there is a real irony in that it is Platini`s home country. The current Ligue 1 clubs have introduced rules similar to those incorporated by the Premier League and the EUFA FFP rules which limit unfair financial intervention by rich owners. What also complicates this particular matter is that Monaco is a separate state within the remit of the French Football League. Monaco has a very low tax level so it has an unfair advantage over French clubs who have to pay a much higher rate of tax. That in itself has always rankled the other indigenous French clubs, but now, with the intervention of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, the matter has come to a head, with Ligue 1 saying that Monaco will be banned from entering Ligue 1 unless there is some financial compensation paid to the other Ligue 1 clubs. Quite how that would work is anybody`s guess, but it remains within the remit of the Ligue 1 clubs to decide who they allow into their association, in the same way that Rangers were expelled from the Scottish PL.