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By ESPN Staff
Feb 15, 2007

Game clash tops first meeting of Blatter and Platini

ZURICH, Feb 15 (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has held his first official meeting with Michel Platini since the Frenchman's election to the UEFA presidency last month.

According to a joint statement released on Thursday, the meeting concentrated on perceived problems concerning players' agents, insurance for clubs and the players they release for international duty and the international match calendar.

In particular, Blatter and Platini were said to have discussed an upcoming schedule clash in December 2007 when FIFA's Club World Cup is set to coincide with the final group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League.

Two proposals have been put forward with the aim of resolving the clash, but no further details were given.

For the longer term, the statement said FIFA and UEFA had agreed to set up a joint committee to try and harmonise the international calendar up to 2014.

Blatter and Platini, each strong supporters of the other in their respective presidential campaigns, also spoke of the 'unity of vision' shared by FIFA and UEFA.

'FIFA cannot implement its sports policies without direct cooperation and collaboration with UEFA,' said Blatter. 'We may not always have the same ideas, but we will have the same approach.'

Platini said the two organisations needed 'to work together to promote the true values of football and develop our sport together. We will not always agree on everything, but we will agree on the goals.'