By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has called on Uefa to eject teams saddled with huge debt from European competition.

The Arsenal manager was responding to the announcement on Thursday that Michel Platini would be launching a probe into the major financial challenges facing European football. The Uefa president aims to manufacture a “level playing field” for teams. Wenger is big fan of the investigation.

“It is very welcome,” he said. “I think teams who have [these] deficits should be kicked out of Europe.

“The only way to go is that there is a control over all of Europe, and I think it will go that way whether you like it or not. Uefa will bring in a control of the management of every individual club.

“It is very important for the fans of the competition first, and it is very important that every club lives with the resources they have available. Clubs should not speculate and then after one year they cannot pay the salaries for the next seasons.”

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29 Aug 2008