Alan Pardew has again talked about the difference in spending power between the top clubs in the Premier League – essentially those that make the Champions League each year like Chelsea, the two Manchester sides and Arsenal, and the rest of the clubs – which includes Newcastle.
UEFA President Michel Platini – his FFP rules are becoming a joke
And we had great hopes that the new UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules would have stopped the silly spending of European clubs – and Monaco, PSG and even QPR have been spending money like it’s going out of style in the last year or two.
This is what Alan Pardew told the press:
“We just can’t compete with Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Champions League positions with that extra revenue.”
“It’s beginning to be a bit of a concern, the gap they’re opening up to the rest of the Premier League.” “Financial Fair Play was meant to even things out a bit, but it doesn’t seem to have had any impact at all.”
“We can only try to improve with what we have. I do think we will do some business before the window shuts, so perhaps it’s a bit more lop-sided as things stand.”
“City are backed by the revenue of a state. It’s very difficult. I don’t begrudge them it. They have a business model and if they can make it work for them, hats off to them.”
“Our business model is such that we can’t generate the money they can, therefore the gap widens.”
It’s the old adage that the rich get richer, and that’s how the Financial Fair Play rules are set up – you can only spend what you create in revenue, and therefore the more successful clubs can pay out more and so they get stronger – and they get richer.
But the main reason to introduce the FFP rules was to prevent clubs like Rangers, Portsmouth and others going bankrupt by spending big money they just didn’t have – either on transfer fees, wages or both – and eventually going bankrupt.
If UEFA President Michel Platini is really going to make the FFP rules stick, he should be inquiring on how Monaco, who have been a French second division club for two seasons, spent all that money on players this summer.
And there are also limits in the rules on what these Billionaire owners can pump into their club.
Clubs like PSG and Monaco are making a laughing stock out of the rules – and if they mean anything at all then some club who have overspent should be prevented from participating in Europe – those are the penalties for clubs spending more than you take in.
As an example, if Monaco qualify for the Champions League next May, they shouldn’t be allowed to participate – and that should send the right message to clubs.
Platini has railed against the English clubs about spending too much – like Chelsea and Manchester City – but now the two worst offenders are two clubs in the French League, so we’ll see what Michel does about those.
Otherwise the clubs will simply skirt the rules, which is what they have been doing – and quite blatantly too.
What do you think?
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