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Man United is Behind Calls for Financial Fair Play Rules to be Introduced to EPL: The Daily EPL

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan claims that Manchester United is behind calls for Financial Fair Play rules to be introduced to the Premier League. It’s an obvious move by United to lessen the power of their noisy neighbor as well as their main rival from London, Chelsea Football Club.

What do you think? Should FFP be introduced to the Premier League, or is it something that’s going to be a nightmare to police? Share your feedback in the comments section below.

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  1. Ardwickian

    September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    To think that we keep old bacon face awake at night,tossing and turning and coming up with crap like this to try and stop the Blue tide from swamping them is almost as good as the 6-I.

  2. Yespage

    September 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Here is an idea that will never happen. Set an arbitrary annual EPL limit on transfers, for example, 300 million pounds, and each team gets an even share (15 million in this example). Net transfers for players in the EPL can not exceed that amount. If a team like Man City or Man United want to go above their limit, they must pay other teams thirty percent of the transfer space they would need to purchase.

    For example, Man City wants to buy 50 million pounds worth of players, they would need to purchase transfer credit from other teams of 35 million pounds, which would mean payments to squads like Norwich, Wigan, etc… totaling 10.5 million pounds to take their transfer space. This would allow for richer teams to reach a bit further, but set a ceiling, and directly benefit smaller clubs.

  3. PaulF

    September 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    FFP is a flawed system.

    The Premier league should tweak it to make it work the EPL. Like EPL clubs should only pay the worth of the contract(wages * x years on the contract) as a transfer fee.
    -If they are going to sign a lower club’s best players, that lower club should be allowed to receive the higher club’s best young player in exchange with a buy-back clause.

    The premier league’s biggest problem is overinflated transfer fees.

  4. Alex Wolcott

    September 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    FFP has holes in it that you could steer a supertanker through. But no, it would not surprise me that the Glazers’ grubby little hands are all over this.

    One thing these clubs have to realize is that if you crack the FFP whip across all of FIFA too hard, then the big clubs in their totality could theoretically create some sort of super-league and then set their own rules.

    What would prevent CIty, PSG, the Spanish clubs, Bayern, even Anzhi Makhachkala, etc from just forming a supra-national league outside of FIFA? I mean I really don’t know the answer here, but if I were one of these clubs and someone wanted to limit me too much I’d have the lawyers and whatnot busy evaluating the possibilities.

    • Guy

      September 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I don’t have any answers, either, but I always have questions when the Super League idea comes up.

      1. Where would sanctioned refs come from?

      2. Would the national FA’s just accept their best teams taking a walk?

      3. Might FIFA ban participants from the World Cup?

      4. Would the various teams that joined such a league be able to iron out revenue questions?

      5. Would that many teams actually relish week in, week out Champions League travel and competition?

      I have no clue. 🙂

    • dust

      September 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      How times have changed that Man City would be considered among Europe’s elite and a member of a European Super league…LOL..the world has gone nuts.

      A super league wouldn’t work anyway. UEFA is run by a looney tune.

  5. Yespage

    September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m less worried about the top of the table. It is the health of the Fulham’s, Stoke’s, Aston Villa’s, Norwich’s. Can they keep up with where the market is at. Clearly, despite the ridiculousness of the transfer market the past couple of years, the EPL has been the tightest in the middle than I have seen it (granted, have only been watching for a bit more than a decade plus). There is parity in the league, and while that doesn’t apply directly to the top as much, every game is worth watching. Even Man City seem to be vulnerable at times.

  6. redfred

    September 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    that is what you call hypocritic man u calling for financial control wasnt it them that used to overpay on transfers and wages so nobody else could match now other teams do it to them and they cant handle it, they are scared now of man city or chelsea overtaking them its about time the boot was on the other foot its great to see them calling for financial control because their cashcow has run out and they are in debt. with new rules he is calling for will he still be allowed in champions league great to see fergie in the same boat as everybody else for a change i am a lfc fan after last few weeks this has this has really cheered me up ta fergie

  7. adrian

    September 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

    If this story is true then its good to see utd get their comeuppance. Would they be calling for this move if a bigger bully was not in the playground? The Glazer debt is coming home to roost. Arsenal fans have had to endure six years of relative belt tightening caused by the stadium debt and profit taking directors. If mr Platini comes good with his promise for financial fair play, which i doubt, top premiership clubs would have to address the issue in the near future anyway.

  8. Kehinde Oni

    September 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Manchester United is behind Financial Fair Play(FFP) to lessen their noisy neighbour and for their selfish ambition in order to continue to win the league because they can’t spend like other clubs like Manchester city that compete with them.FFP cannot work in EPL and other league because it will not give room to sign quality players which will not give room for competition.Manchester United is behind this for their selfish interest.I think it is better to let other team that has money spend it to give room for competition and it will make EPL and other leagues more interesting to watch

  9. Earl Reed

    September 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Oh, how charitable for United. Maybe they should institute a salary cap and revenue sharing – that would be true financial fair play. It would kill the league, but would be more “fair” than simply allowing United and Liverpool to overspend.

    • Earl Reed

      September 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

      And I’m not serious about instituting a cap. It’s as dumb as what they want to institute.

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