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UEFA Announce Financial Fair Play Sanctions And Why This Is Only The Start

Written by on May 19, 2014 | 9 Comments »
Posted in Money Game

The first sanctions were agreed to be each of the nine clubs with the “Investigatory Chamber” or in other words they went for a plea bargain. The other option was to allow their case to go to the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body and that might have brought a heavier punishment. To read more please click on this link.

9 responses to “UEFA Announce Financial Fair Play Sanctions And Why This Is Only The Start”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Have to admit, Bobby, I didn’t think they’d have the stones to enforce significant penalties against the big clubs. I suppose one could argue that Man City and PSG aren’t the traditional “big boys” everyone was thinking about when FFP was announced, but they have certainly hit them just the same.

    In fairness, these two have pretty much flouted the rules (unlike most of the other major dozen or so clubs) openly, so perhaps it is no surprise they were selected.

  2. smiley says:

    What stones? Stones would have been a CL ban but we all know the farce which is FFP.

    The fine and one CL season player cap mean nothing to the owners. A 20M fine (reduced from 80M after compliance) is nothing to these pseudo sovereign wealth funds who use artificial injection to show profits and have now successfully laid the groundwork for a top Euro team for years to come and have already won silverware.

    Both PSG & Manciteh use the same 13-17 players in CL and are already making bids for top playmakers and defenders respectively.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    FFP is going to create a bigger divide between the haves and have nots. The big revenue clubs will find easier to justify big expenditures, while the rest will flounder.
    City has already mentioned investment with Marino in the J-League which will going to grow the brand. Marketing deals will be filtered through leagues where things are a bit more laxed, and brought back in to the main club.
    City will also have the means to grow through the youth academy. Again, further help towards FFP.
    PSG will also learn, if they haven’t already.

    Keep an eye on Valencia, with its new owner. He’s part of the agency that purchased Rodrigo and Gomes from Benfica. You can see a huge boost in capital at Valencia since sponsorship deals have been a problem in Spain. His “global” reach should provide an uptick.

    I am curious to see what will happen with Monaco. They have no justification what so ever.

  4. Alberta Gooner says:

    Nice piece, Bobby, though I regretted reading some of the comments.

    While I’m pleased to have correctly predicted UEFA would need to enforce its rules in order to keep the Real Madrids, Bayern Munichs and others in the fold, it’s less gratifying to have forecast some people wouldn’t grasp the implications of the punishments handed down to PSG and Manchester City. So I guess I also feel a little sorry Bobby’s insights are lost on some of his audience. Pearls before swine.

  5. One day I may write the comments before I write the article

  6. John Bladen says:

    Seems like some people don’t actually read the article before commenting Bobby, so why not ghost the comments yourself?

  7. Alberta Gooner says:

    That could explain Paul Hayward’s column, Bobby.

  8. smiley says:

    @Bladen – How exactly is UEFA “having the stones” which implies a harsh fine relevant to this article again? Or would a mere10M fine indicate “having the stones” as well?

    Point being, they didn’t have the stones or both would have been banned from CL!

  9. Ed Gomes says:

    I guess we’ll revisit after the transfer season.

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