You wouldn’t know it from the behaviour of the last couple of days, but there is a new rule in football. A new rule that says that clubs must not lose more than €45m between 2011 to 2013 (which is about £46m at current exchange rates). So when Chelsea toddle off and spend around £80m in one transfer window on Hazard, Oscar, Marin, Azpilicueta and Moses you know that someone is not taking the matter seriously.
So where does Uefa stand in the face of this total rejection of the financial regulations? None of us really knows, although Platini said just yesterday of his FFP plans , “We wanted to revolutionise European football when we first introduced this idea. We are never going back on this.”
One interesting point is that Man City actually claim that they are not spending too much, since they are “sponsored” by their owners. Chelsea claim that they are ok because their owner actually lobbied Uefa to set up the new regs. Neither argument is holding any water at all; both clubs will fail to meet the FFP regs next year, unless they have a wholesale fire sale, and as Man C found in trying to do some Pest Control and get rid of Adebayor, it is not that easy to move pesky players on.
In all the debates on TV yesterday, as the transfer window ended, no one incidentally was talking much of Málaga, Rangers and Portsmouth, except Platini. But what he said was worth hearing, for in talking of such clubs Platini said financial disaster can follow massive spending in any club.
” I’ve spoken to Manchester City’s owners in Abu Dhabi, and everybody has given their commitment to this plan. Some aren’t necessarily showing it, but we have been very clear with them. We have put the structure in place to implement these rules. If clubs do not respect the rules, they will get into difficulty, whether they are from France, from Italy, from England, from Georgia …”
So will Uefa really deal with the big boys? One new rule (the overdue payment rule) is already in place and AEK Athens and Besiktas are already banned. Portsmouth were banned after winning the FA Cup, and Rangers are banned too. 27 other clubs are under investigation and also look like being banned. Real Madrid and Barcelona have both fallen foul of this in the past, although before there were banning orders associated with failing to pay football debts on time.
Platini’s speech and the record so far of dealing with clubs does indeed suggest that he is not willing to be seen as a man who will back off when faced by the might of the Billionaire Clubs, in Russia, along with Man City, Chelsea, PSG, and now perhaps Man U.
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- Champions League Draw
- Ref Review: Arsenal v Sunderland
- Next Gen, Wembley, Champs League
- Lee Probert, a total anti-Arsenal ref
- Chapman’s brilliance with wingers
- Arsenal v Marseille