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.
The problem now seems that their billionaire owner will unleash a team of highly paid lawyers to try and challenge the decision though the French courts. This could set a very dangerous precedent, because if there can be a legal challenge to a majority run association that forces them to accept clubs, even though their rules explicitly exclude them for breaches of association rules, the whole idea of EUFA and FIFA are destroyed in the bat of an eye. Lawyers and courts can have no place in sport.
The architect of FFP will now have to decide whether to back the French Ligue 1 clubs or see his flagship FFP rules go down the pan.
If football is still considered a sport, then sporting rules should therefore take precedence. In that case, these clubs, which would otherwise be bankrupt or at least insolvent, are no different to say, Lance Armstrong, who used an artificial source to enhance his performances; it is that ideal which is at stake here, not the fatuous idea that smaller clubs cannot compete.
Smaller clubs can become bigger and better without the false financial intervention of rogue billionaires, laundering their money though football. That is the whole essence of sport; to get better through self-earned achievement.
The problem is that football fans have become infatuated with the 21st century disease of instant gratification. Gone are the days of building a club up like those at Barcelona or Manchester United, where they improve over a period of years and with insightful management.
These are the battlegrounds drawn up in France which will determine how the game will evolve. It cannot be right that an association, which is what football league are, should be subject to teams of highly paid lawyers, funded by bored billionaires, challenging decisions made by and on behalf of the majority of clubs in the various leagues and associations.
If the suits and lawyers win, the game as we know it will simply be priced out of the majority of working class fans who have been its bedrock for over a century.