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UEFA’s Financial Fair Play: One Rule For France, And Another For Everyone Else

michel platini UEFAs Financial Fair Play: One Rule For France, And Another For Everyone Else

Clubs across Europe are trying to get their house in order to ensure compliance with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations are adhered to. But there appears less concern in Paris and Monte Carlo than in most other cities over the continent. The continued lavish spending of the Ligue Un clubs appear on the face of it to suggest an imminent suspension for PSG and Monaco in next seasons European competition. However, this has not perturbed the trend of buying some of the star names in the game regardless of the price.

The key question must be whether UEFA have the fortitude to suspend teams from participating in Europe’s elite competitions and subsequently ensure that many of the star names plying their trade at these clubs cannot play at the top club level. Of course, many of these players could choose to lower their wage demands and ensure their clubs are in compliance with UEFA’s regulations. And perhaps pigs may fly over Lisbon for the half time show in this seasons Champions League finale!

It is difficult to imagine Heineken, Sony and Gazprom being content to sponsor an event missing many of the star billings that regularly appear throughout this most coveted tournament. French Clubs will also argue that they are unable to punch above their financial weight to ever mount a serious Champions League campaign without the financial backing of wealthy benefactors. The same rule clearly applies to Manchester City and Chelsea amongst others.

Foreign investment breathes new life into clubs. We may not all approve and there is clearly a need to safeguard the future of teams to ensure there are fewer cases akin to Leeds, Portsmouth and Chester FC in future. But for now, I find it highly unlikely it is in anyone’s interests for FFP to be implemented in Michel Platini’s current guise.

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7 Responses to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play: One Rule For France, And Another For Everyone Else

  1. Frill Artist says:

    Are you English by any chance?

  2. Marc L says:

    PSG and Monaco will go to the mattresses, sue UEFA, and win almost immediately if Tw@tini moves against them.

    One of the lead attorneys who worked on the Bosman case has written extensively (and persuasively, to my mind) about this.

    FFP is essentially a “soft” deterrent. UEFA knows it can’t really be enforced. But if one is a potential outside investor, does one want to take the risk (albeit small) that it would get upheld in the ECJ?

    Ryobelev and the Qataris are obviously not afraid. They could bury UEFA in money and never miss it. But maybe a player of less financial heft (i.e. Al-Thani) declines to get involved with a club and eventually leave it in ruins a couple years later.

    Seems to me to be to be the relevant dynamic here.

  3. R.O says:

    “But of course – we’re French”

    lol

  4. Pakapala says:

    I am still trying to figure out where in the article that you develop the title that there’s one rule for France and another for the rest of Europe. As far as I can tell PSG and Monaco are doing nothing different than Manchester City, Chelsea, and many other clubs around Europe. The only difference is that they’re the most recent to the table of binging.

  5. Delboy says:

    Key factor Michelle Platini head of UEFA (picture)son works for PSG. It is well known FFP was only introduced to stop English teams dominating European football because in the mid 2005 only English clubs could attract billionaire investors. Now French clubs have them Platini is turning a blind eye to them.

    Platini has been anti-English for a long time.

  6. Phil The Blue says:

    Well, if a little bird whispered in the French Ambassador’s ear that French companies might not get favourable consideration when bidding for oil and gas contracts in Abu Dhabi the whole dynamic could change. Couldn’t it!

  7. Phil The Blue says:

    Well, if a little bird whispered in the French Ambassador’s ear that French companies might not get favourable consideration when bidding for oil and gas contracts in Abu Dhabi the whole dynamic could change. Couldn’t it!

    Monsieur Platini, escuse et moir, telephone call. The President of France wants to speak to you.

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