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Ruining football with Financial Fair Play


There isn’t a better way of killing football aspiration and competition than financial fair play regulations. With the implementation of FFP regulations, a level playing field will cease to exist. UEFA is leading us into a blind alley with its claim that FFP regulations will help the smaller clubs. This claim of UEFA is ludicrous at the very least!

The financial fair play regulations will create a chasm in terms of competitiveness across several leagues, including the elite competition—the UEFA Champions League. The revenue generating clubs are unlikely to curb their spending and the FFP will not challenge their spending as UEFA cannot function as a governing body without the help of these “super clubs.”

Today, if teams wish to grow, they need to spend big. Without any substantial activity in the transfer market, success on the football field is highly unlikely. In fact, in modern day football, a club needs to spend money just to stay competitive. It is not because of an emotional connection to the club that the rich owners of some of Europe’s super clubs are backing a rule that restricts the losses their own club can make. The Reason for them backing the FFP regulations is a very different one.

Today, football is not fair and football authorities like UEFA and FIFA are lying to you if they say otherwise. The FFP regulation is a rule that seeks to kill competition among football clubs across Europe. The financial fair play regulation does not make it a regular playing field for everyone. Wage demands and differing tax rates across Europe will severely affect the ability of smaller European clubs to sign players.

A tax rate of 75% for their highest earning footballers is what France has introduced. There are many footballers that come into this category. This tax rate means that French clubs have to pay higher gross wages than everyone else in Europe in order to meet the wage demands of their players. Now take into account FFP regulations that ask clubs to break even.

While the Big clubs will find a way out of this, it is the smaller/less-wealthier clubs that will suffer. The same is happening in many other leagues across Europe. Even the big leagues like the Premier league and the La-Liga are not safe from it. In the end, it is football that suffering and not these small clubs.

While the financial fair play is unfair and it may even ruin football, it does not stop us from loving this game. Visit to grab your tickets if you’re a supporter of a small club and want to watch them play.


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  1. Tony Butterworth

    August 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Isn’t this article like five years out of date. This is a dead issue.

  2. Toby

    August 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Financial Fair Play was just a ruse by Michel Platini to stop the English dominating Europe. In 2009 English teams were dominating the Champions League. The Premier League was the first soccer league to attract international investment lured by the fair revenue distribution and merit based prize money. So English teams could now pay good wages to attract the best players.

    Platini has always had an anti-English agenda since he was a player for Juventus and saw Juve fans die due to heysel disaster. English football was attracting international investors so he needed a rule that would stop English teams getting investors and prevent them from outspending the rest of Europe. He with Bayern president Karl Hans Rummenigge put in place financial rules that allowed Bayern to dominate Germany across Europe. Connecting revenue to spend protect the big European clubs from being challenged and hurts the English clubs because unlike Germany, Spain and Italy at the time there wasn’t a super clubs hogging all the revenue. What Platini didn’t plan was Serie A moving to a more EPL revenue distribution so his beloved Italian teams would struggle under these new FFP rules. But would favour Bayern a team dominates revenue in Germany and Real and Barcelona who take 65% of total revenue in Spain. You can see since the rule has been introduced the Champions League has shifted away from English teams and to these three clubs with huge financial advantages. Rummenigge rigged the rules to make Bayern a top team again. Man Utd should have benefited from these rules, but their owners where more interested in sucking money out of the team than building a world class squad.

    Platini is a man of self-interest and to have him head of FIFA would be a massive mistake. The biggest rule breakers of FFP is PSG the team he told Qatar Foundation to invest in after he voted for them to host the world cup. Qatar foundation also employ his son. PSG were spending well beyond their revenue because they knew Platini was only intending to hurt English teams and would stop it when this was achieved.

    Man City were given exactly the same fine as PSG despite PSG more than 200 million more over budget.

    Now with the EPL getting this massive new TV contract, FFP will start to favour English teams with 5 English set to have revenue that dwarfs Real, Bayern and Barca. So what happens? Platini relaxes the FFP to help Italians teams who are now getting international investment and needs to relax the rules so Milan and Inter can spend their way back to the top.

    Platini is bias and a self-interested scumbag, who makes the Europa league use the song his son composes, sells his world cup vote to the highest bidder and dismantles Euros as a month tournament to protect the world because he seems himself as a FIFA president in the near future. He also gives the last Euros to his native France and allows France to play in qualifying groups despite already qualifying to help them win.

    Platini makes Blatter look like a boyscout.

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