A group of PSG fans is suing UEFA, according to the Associated Press, claiming Financial Fair Play is in violation of labor laws and should be struck down.
According to the group, they are hoping “to denounce the multiple infringements of European Union law caused by the UEFA break-even requirement.” Financial Fair Play was first instituted last year and limits teams to a certain amount of spending in the transfer window in relation to the club’s income.
Paris-Saint Germain was among the first teams sanctioned by the rule, back last May, and saw a cap on net transfer spending put in place as well as the club’s Champions League player roster sliced by four slots. Manchester City was also hit with the same sanctions.
The group’s lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud, said he hopes the French courts will find Financial Fair Play in violation of EU labor and competition laws and that it will render the rule “null and void.” Along with French courts, the case has also been filed with the European Commission, a court in Brussels, Belgium, the city which serves as the headquarters of the EU.
It’s unlikely that anything will come of this, but it’s obvious that these teams feel unfairly restricted when it comes to having a financial advantage over others. PSG is owned by Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, while Manchester City is run by Abu Dhabi United Group, with Khaldoon Al Mubarak in charge.