UEFA Fair Play

More details on upcoming UEFA sanctions of Manchester City and PSG

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Leave it to our friends at Soccerly to do the math on the impending trouble for at least Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play policy.

The report says heavy fines and a potential wage cap could be headed the way of violators, the latter a much bigger concern than the former. And it seems the clubs have had some very crafty ways to conceal just how much debt was involved.

UEFA had already said they don’t expect bans from competition.

From Soccerly:

City accumulated deficits of £97.9 million ($164.6 million) in 2012 and £51.6 million ($85.7 million) last year, but were able to write off some sums spent on facilities, youth development and a number of other items. Both Qatari-owned PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned City have a number of sponsorship deals related to their owners which the CFCB had to determine were of fair market value. PSG effectively wiped out its annual losses of 130 million euros ($180.1 million) by announcing a back-dated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority worth up to 200 million euros ($277.1 million) a year.

Report: Man City fails Financial Fair Play; Punishment? Probably a fine

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I have to say, this is baffling. Not that Manchester City is set to join Paris Saint-Germain as a club that’s failed the UEFA Financial  Fair Play test.

No, that’s not confounding, but that their punishment will likely be to just pay more money is frankly hilarious.

It won’t be a transfer ban, competition sanctions or personnel suspensions. Nope, the rich guys who spend crazy dough on paying for players that could really hurt the sport of soccer?

Their punishment is going to be to pay more money.

Amazing. Really.

From The Daily Mail:

Along with French club PSG – who have also failed the test – City have now been offered a settlement – or punishment – by UEFA and it’s up to them if they accept it. If they don’t they can appeal but that opens up the possibility of a stiffer penalty if it fails.

In all likelihood, City will be fined and will accept the fine.

Last week UEFA president Michel Platini said that he felt it unlikely any team would be banned from European competition this time round.

City, though, will be embarrassed and disappointed by the news. The club’s owners in Abu Dhabi value image and the projection of integrity above anything else and will view this development gravely.

Sure they will, while rolling around in vats of gold coins and playing catch with trophies.

Seriously, talk me off the ledge here. What is there to consider? In the regionally-famous words of energy billionaire and NHL owner Terry Pegula when asked what happens if he needs more money, “I’ll go drill a well.”

I don’t blame Sheikh Mansour at all. He’s trying to win trophies. If he’s willing to spend a load of money to get Samir Nasri or David Silva, why wouldn’t he be willing to spend a load of money to pay off the fine that comes with those purchases?

Again, the punishment is just a speculative report, but come on UEFA.