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Rich Clubs Flaunting FFP Rules Should Be Banned From Europe

2:10 pm, Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

There is news today that both Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain have not met the Financial Fair Play rules over the last three seasons, and therefore will be given some punishment, to be handed out by UEFA President Michel Platini in the not too distant future.

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Michel Platini – should be tougher with club flaunting FFP rules

The Financial Fair Play Rules were introduced a few years ago simply because big money was starting to ruin football, and when clubs like Manchester City were bought by Billionaires,  City were allowed to spend £1B gross on players since 2008,  and there’s something wrong with that somehow.

And it was supposed to be a surprise when they won the Premier League two years ago?

If a smaller club – maybe Peterborough – had been able to spend £1B on players since 2008, we dare say they would have become Premier League Champions too.

Chelsea were probably the first club who started to buy their team with almost unlimited finances and no controls of their spending, when Russian Billionaire Romain Abramovich bought the club back in 2003 and in that summer brought in a full team of top world players to play for Chelsea.

One other main reason for introduction of the FFP rules was to try to keep competition in the game of football, but even the Financial Fair Play Rules will have  a hard job doing that.

And that’s because eventually the rules say that clubs must break even, and they can only spend the money they bring in – but the big clubs will continue to spend more money – because they bring more money in.

What’s that about the rich get richer?

Over the last couple of financial years,  Manchester City have lost £98M and £52M, and they are now likely to have to accept a salary cap and a large fine for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

But UEFA President Michel Platini said initially that if clubs competing in Europe didn’t abide by the rules, they would simply be banned from European competition – so why are both Man City and PSG being allowed to continue playing in Europe next season?

The restriction to the City wage bill will only apply to the players who play in Europe, but that could cause them to be unable to use some of their best players in the competition – but an outright ban for a year would be a much better deterrent, and put an end to the abuse more quickly.

And City’s transfer fees this season are at £91.8M, according to web-site, so that doesn’t sound good – given that the allowed loss for the next financial year through June 30th, is going to be £25M. 

And it should come as no surprise that Paris St-Germain have also not met the FFP rules, and they too could be hit with a salary cap and a fine.

And in fact all clubs competing in Europe who have lost more than £37M in each of the last three seasons will have failed to meet the FFP requirements, and will be subject to fines and/or other disciplinary actions.

Sky Sports are reporting that fewer than 20 clubs are still under active investigation, and could still face sanctions that ensure dramatic financial losses are no longer posted.

Manchester City and PSG are thought to be the two most prominent European clubs who have missed the targets the most over the last three seasons.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 guvnor // May 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    No chance of Ashley flouting those rules.

  • 2 beermonkey // May 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    is online guy still on the blog??????????

  • 3 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    well done HBA , in this game of chess with pardew , that was a great move ,

  • 4 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I know that Qpr were in big trouble.

  • 5 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    what punishment will be given, a ten bob fine no doubt, but could these clubs afford to pay the fine ?

  • 6 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    If only there was a rule reversed. We would be finned every season for under spending.

  • 7 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    kevy, if that happened we would sell another player to pay the fine !

  • 8 guvnor // May 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Spoofing all the top teams graft that’s how they win things.

  • 9 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    There’s a lot of unsettled player’s and fitness problems at Newcastle at the moment.
    Time we had a new start without Pardew.
    But MA won’t part with his puppet knowing he’s hardly helped him.

  • 10 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    guvnor, exactly m8, so why does Pardew get so much hassle when he ask’s his players to do the same, the mind boggles ?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    A few years back when Laudrup took over at Mallorca they were kicked out of the Europa League because of the bar finances!

    …there seems to be one set of rules for smaller teams and another for bigger teams! It is sad really, but I guess in the end the buck stops and starts with us spectators!

  • 12 guvnor // May 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Pardew doesn’t have any work ethic, his team mirror him, by losing.

  • 13 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Tds you on?

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    *bar = bad

  • 15 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    how the hell can you say de jong is not the worst of strikers?

    did you know he was always sitting on the bench at the club who owns him and that club is a bottom half of the table club.

    so mate if you thinking he is not the worst of strikers then neither is shola ameobi.

    cisse BTW was one of the most consistant strikers to go offside last season.

    offside has got nothing to do with a manager because he is not who is on the pitch. the way players go offside is because they are either not recieving the ball quick enough or they are not getting back onside when the back line puts them offside. unless pardew is physic he can’t do anything but watch the players themselves decide when to pass the ball and move back onside.

  • 16 validator // May 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Average content, why coax ashleys spin doctor ?

  • 17 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM


    Just for you from the cretins press conference today!

    I wasn’t set any targets for this season and the only targets are those that we set ourselves.”

    Oh and he’s now admitted benny is training with “another group” fcuking twatface

  • 18 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Ancient, sorry m8 I didn’t mean that you don’t have the right to pick what you feel he would pick, what I meant is that I don’t think you have picked the right team, I actually don’t think that they are the Brendan Rodgers type of player as he has always had players who will graft.

  • 19 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    @Toonking exactly finally someone who sees that our players are nothing special.

    Plus you forgot to mention the League De Jong was sitting on the bench in is far far weaker than the Premier League.

  • 20 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:29 PM


    LDJ is a lot better than what Pardew has made him out to be.

    Monchengladbach are 5th, Just because they have a better striker than him does not make him a bad striker.

  • 21 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM


    What does the word Minimum Mean in Minimum top 10 then?

  • 22 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM


    Because he was banging on about this MINIMUM target the club has set and he believes them, when in fact parsnip has repeatedly said this target isn’t set in stone

  • 23 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    ToonKing and Kevy

    Max Kruse is a great stiker

    Better and less selfish than even Remy!

  • 24 validator // May 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Kevy, I should have thought a look at the recent performances, would have led most sane people to conclude that the team is a disgrace.

  • 25 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Alot of West ham fans wanting fat sam out, at least they haven’t been pardewed.

  • 26 kevymartins // May 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Brendan Rodgers Built his team based on a mixture of pace and perfect passing.

  • 27 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM


    I’m not doubting the club said it but what has pardspew said over the last couple of weeks when quizzed?

  • 28 validator // May 1, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Average that’s why he is conspicuous by his absence, its called embarrassment.

  • 29 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM


    We should show Pardew the Release then.

  • 30 Average_Contents // May 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    My point being to TDS that who do we believe? The MD or the manager? He clearly believes the club because they never lie do they!

  • 31 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    toon king

    OC offside has got to do with the manager , he trains them

    or dosnt train them by the looks of things,

    it is the lack of attacking training that is getting them into trouble , we have no clue what to do in the final 3rd of the pitch,
    cisse needs help, we need to play more in the other teams half and not just pass it around the half way line, we need bodies in the box

    all the managers fault

  • 32 Himanshu Dhingra // May 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Look at Mackems

    1-0 down against City
    1-0 down against Chelsea

    Both away, still found the resilience to fight back and could have won both 2-1

    We totally collapse once we go 1-0 down.

    Where does that come from – Management!

  • 33 Ancientcoptic // May 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    FFP is not exactly fair.

    Man Utd have a huge international fan base. A stricter FFP would have handed Man Utd the monopoly over the English Game, as they would have been able to outspend other sides and stay inside the rules.

    If a club has an ambitious owner and wants to pump money into the game, I say let them do it. The Premier league is richer and better off for it.

  • 34 Spoof // May 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    catchy, you say it’s the lack of training getting them into trouble, well I don’t see them train so I can’t comment on the training, but I do see them play and what I see is a lack of ability.

  • 35 70TWO // May 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Squad for 2014/15, #28 including possible out going players(9).

    Sammy ——–Tiote ———-Sissoko


    Goal keeper:

  • 36 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    some people just don’t know football well enough.
    here on this page is a team being mentioned who were just like us until they got this owner they called manchester city, before him they were a trophy drought team, now they are a big team with mega stars thanks to money.

    down in london is a team consisting of french players who were once called the invincibles, that team is arsenal. now but they are hoping for an FA cup and 4th place which before was the worst thing. they still have same manager but what they don’t do now is spend money as they used that on the new stadium.

    the liverpool team today has just had itself a new owner, if they don’t make a differance why does rafa walk out and why did the old owner use daglish as manager.

    if french players were so good why does the french team have to use hand of god to get into a world cup. ireland should have beat them in that play off but because of that hand of god henry kept the ball in and scored.

    who are the french player in city chelsea united liverpool everton and spurs because i’m struggling to think of any.

    finally kevy here is this great team that these people think can get top 6 next season

    sack manager and bring in this great one

    team for next year



    then this great cover

    we shall finish in the top6 with great amounts of goals
    basically that how these fans sound.

  • 37 Ancientcoptic // May 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Spoof, got ya. It is matter of opinion of course. I think Brendan wouldn’t mind playing Ben Arfa as part of a forward 3, as this would take defensive duties away. Marveaux looks very comfortable with the ball at his feet, which is I why I think Rodgers would like him over some of the more work minded players in our team.

  • 38 toon kk // May 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    agree with what you say but our current squad isn’t strong enough to play how we’d like them to play without being stretched and ripped apart. Pardew doesn’t help, but like I say we’re not good enough.

  • 39 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM


    Which part of on paper didn’t you get…!!

    I know de Jong has done nothing but was once rated at 13M (ON PAPER!!)

    I didn’t even list Shola, Campbell or Armstrong in that list of 4 strikers.

    It doesn’t help a striker’s cause when the manager puts 10 men behind the ball for 70 mins and hopes to nick a goal in the last 15-20 mins every match and when your whole philosophy is built on defense and pardew does such a good job of that too doesn’t he!

    Remy is top notch or close to it.

    Cisse was once wanted by city for nearly 20M.

    Gouffran was 3rd top scorer in France the season before last and was starting to score regularly but now finds himself a defensive left mid, a bit like Cisse being made a right winger.

    De Jong as I have to point out again for those with selective reading was once valued at 13M.

    Not the best group, certainly not the worst

  • 40 lesh // May 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Platini, having been leant on by Citeh and PSG has deigned that as Citeh are and have been in discussions with EUFA about this and are actively trying to sort themselves out, will be given some sort of sanction but not a ban. PSG is still said to be under discussion.

    I fail to see how and why, having had some three years notice of FFP, Citeh and PSG continued to spend zillions, they should be given some sympathy.

    Unless of course the mega-rich clubs have threatened to break away from EUFA and form a European super league!

    A shameful climb down

  • 41 toonking // May 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    lesh 40
    to be honest i think it’s the fear of them all breaking away and forming a super league that has got uefa mos concerned.
    also i think another reason they giving in to these mega teams is a CL without the super star would not attract anywhere near as much public interest, just think real madrid vs athletico madrid or southampton vs celtic. so the money from advertisement will drop massively.

  • 42 catchy in norway // May 1, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    spoof / toonking

    I don’t see lack of ability , I still think we have a much better team than it shows right now,
    we have a manager who instills his football into our players , defend defend defend, they look bad because most are not defensive minded , goofy is shocking in his roll under pardew , just like jonas , you can see week after week him getting worse and worse ,

    I don’t understand why everyone bigs Williamson up, he is beyond poor, the rest of our squad have sank to his and Pardews level,

    shola , I have never liked him, but under every other manager he would chip in 6-10 goals a season, under pardew , 1 every year and a half,

    our defenders used to chip in with goals, Williamson is 6-5 , he can not head a ball , sure he can get his head on the ball , but it’s not the same,

    we don’t look like we train with any goals in mind, they must play bags , or one bounce ( maybe there that bad it’s 2 bounce)

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