Uefa’s financial fair play legislation has arrived. The limit on spending will come into effect for the 2013/14 campaign but the monitoring of teams has begun. Over the next two seasons clubs will not be allowed a total loss greater than €45 million and UEFA reserve the right to ban them from European club competitions should they overspend.

At face value, this seems like an excellent idea. The inflation of debt and spending is undoubtedly one of biggest problems of the modern game and it is high time rules were implemented. However, whether or not Uefa’s rules improve the game may be difficult to assess for several more seasons. Many people are sceptical as to whether this will in any way help the poorer clubs close the gap on Europe’s wealthiest. Whilst this would be an admirable result, it is not the point. The point is quite simply to stop clubs spending what they don’t have, to force them to live by their means.

A concern is that Uefa’s financial control will push Europe’s largest clubs towards forming their own breakaway league. At the moment there is little cause to worry.

For a start, the legislation is not as restrictive as many think. First of all, youth development, training facilities and stadiums are amongst the expenses that are not included. Second, if a club sign a player for £40 million on a four-year contract, this will amount to £10 million per year as the fee is spread over his contract, this means that the big clubs will still get to spend big money. Third, if a club can show that it’s on the field improvement is triggering off the field growth, their entry into European competition may be considered with more leniency.

These instances of flexibility and consideration show that Uefa has attempted to get this right. The intention is not to stifle clubs, just to protect them from their own recklessness. It should not be deemed a sufficient intrusion to prompt a revolution. (For those clubs that fear it may serve to level the the playing field, a quick look at Manchester City’s sponsorship deal will remind them of the gulf that exists and show them how it can be maintained.)

A breakaway European league is always talked about as though it is an imminent possibility but it would be a huge risk for the clubs involved. The sacrifice of teams’ domestic leagues and their dominance within them is something that requires careful consideration. Uefa’s attempts to slow down the crazy inflation of football debt should not serve as a trigger. Attempting to reel in the bank loans should, in theory, be welcomed. If, however, several years down the line the profits of the top clubs are affected, then a revolution would definitely be on the cards.

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  • magnumopus
    3 years ago

    I like the idea of a breakaway league because I am fed up with the corruption of UEFA…

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    • davi
      3 years ago

      And a league set up by these clubs, some of whom have rich and powerful owners, would be less corrupt?

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      • Herbert
        3 years ago

        Most people wouldn’t watch a breakaway league besides which the premier league is by miles the biggest league in the world. The world wants to watch our style of football instead of a boring Italy game so the income for our top clubs in a breakaway league would reduce as TV revenue would reduce. It is simply a non-starter.

        In addition none of the players would be eligible to represent their country as it would not be a sanctioned competition.

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    • manutdreds
      3 years ago

      UEFA isn’t as corrupt as FIFA, when was the last time you heard about corruption in UEFA.

      http://www.manutdreds.com

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    • Acton_Yid
      3 years ago

      Yeah ! That’s f*****g genius. Let’s have a mini-Champs League with Man U, Man C, Real M, Barca, Inter, AC, Lyon and Bayern. Sod the rest…

      Reply
      • Nas
        3 years ago

        Man City??? Why? First season in how long? Not Arsenal, Chelsea, Porto etc. Learn your football. You sound more corrupt than Fifa and Uefa combined

        Reply
  • sam
    3 years ago

    Whats better? Man city spending money they do have or united spening money they don’t?

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    • manutdreds
      3 years ago

      United do have the money, we made £108m profit last season

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      • tom
        3 years ago

        Yeah but that is operating profit, you then have to service your debt, and your yearly interest payment was almost £100 mill last year. Luckily for Utd, the low interest rates maintained since the crunch have prevented debt disaster for the Glazers.

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      • DAVSPURS
        3 years ago

        Yes but you owe banks Millions the American government sent bailing them out. All the glaziers did was spread the dept over more years to silent the green and yellow voices now they are peddling your club on the Singapore stock market.

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    • Don
      3 years ago

      For those of us old enough to remember when Ipswich came up from the old div 2 and won div 1 in their first season in the, then, top flight, it is very sad that in future the premiership will only be won by Man U, Chelsea or Man C – as these are the clubs that seem to have unlimited buying power. It is not helping the national game either, that players no longer view it as an honour to play for their country, just a distraction from their club activities.
      To me this is taking a lot of the excitement from football. Like everybody else, I enjoy top football, and the influx of top foreign players has helped the spectacle, but if the Spanish or other leagues get wealthier from sponsorship than the premier league, then this will be lost as the footballers follow the biggest bucks elsewhere. So, unless some global control is gained and salaries capped and clubs expenditure controlled, then the game will just produce more of the same year on year on year.

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    • Aj
      3 years ago

      What better: Arab City spending money they dont have whiles being unable to comply with the new rules or Manchester United spending money they do have whiles easily complying with the FFPR. We all know the answer = MANCHESTER UNIED. We all know that this FFPR will cause big problems at sugar daddy run poor clubs like City and Chelsea.

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      • Herbert
        3 years ago

        It should if applied properly cause problems for people who get their brother to sponsor their club at artificially inflated prices. The Man City sponsorship deal should be thrown out.

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  • s j little
    3 years ago

    Would soon get fed up with watching Euro
    Clubs.Only about 3 arouse interest anymore and these would soon lose interest by being repetitive.

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    • Herbert
      3 years ago

      Here here, I don’t watch much of the Champions League any more, it has become boring with the same sides in it.

      Reply
  • Albert Swash
    3 years ago

    A separate European league should be a must, it is simply completely wrong to be playing in a league where the first four places are settled before the season even begins, as it is in the English Premier league. This would lead to an open chance for the remaining teams to participate with some optimism of winning the title. It would also put an end to these obscene money deals by putting each team on a level playing field. Inaugurate it, as soon as possible, for the sake of Joe Fan who is tired of the present domination by four clubs.

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    • manutdreds
      3 years ago

      You have a separate European league, it’s called the champions league.

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    • Herbert
      3 years ago

      So you think a league with no promotion and no relegation with only a maximum of 4 sides from your own country is going to solve the problem?

      Reply
  • Neil Crosby
    3 years ago

    UFP – financial unfair play. So the same old clubs continue to take most of the commercial and TV revenues to buy the best players in order to keep every other club out. Unless, of course, you are Manchester City. UNFAIR – no question.

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    • Aj
      3 years ago

      Yes, let all the smaller clubs spend money they simply dont have and get themselves into financial difficulty, the rules are fair to everyone adn wil make sure the clubs sort themselves out. City are an example of a club spending moeny they infact dont have and are totally relied on their sugardaddy. The FFPR are fair to all clubs, Dont blame Man United, Liverpool or even Arsenal because they have good financies and make their own money, if clubs like City, Spurs and Chlesea cant make money and are totally dependant on thier owners than that is a problem they need to sort out and fast. The FFP is fair to all clubs.

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      • Herbert
        3 years ago

        Spurs owner doesn’t put money into the club, it is self financing, get your facts right.

        France have had FFR for years, the same sides get into the Champions League because they have more income than the other clubs. Man U, Man C, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have vastly bigger income than anyone else so these rules simply mean they will continue to dominate the top 4 places and buy all the best players fro the other clubs giving them no chance.

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      • TY
        3 years ago

        Are you serious? Man Utd and Liverpool have good finance while Spurs can’t make money??!! Get your facts right before you write crap.

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        • Aj
          3 years ago

          I have my facts right, Spurs dont make money or atleast alot of money anyway, whiles Manchester United and Liverpol make hundreds of millions a year, so take your bitterness somewhere else. United haves great financies so I suggest you get your facts right, the Glazer inflicted debt has little affect on our books and is being paid off bit by bit, we bring in unprecented summs of cash every year, more than any other in the English game, we recently made improvements at Old Trafford and are improving Carrington in a multi-million pound development. Spurs cant even afford to build that new stadium they drew up and are trying to steal the Olympic stadium from Westham. It is been made very clear in recent months that Tottenham are not as well of as their fans like to think, with the inability to build their stadium and lack of transfer funds. United brings in a fortune every year – fact.

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  • bonestep
    3 years ago

    I am nearly certain that comments written here proposing or supporting a breakaway European league have been posted by enthusiastic viewers of the game. Real fans would, logically dread the idea; you passionately support your team, you can barely afford a ticket let alone season ticket, you want your children to follow you in your passion and now the club you were brought up to support is asking that you give up days work, pay flights and hotel on top of tickets for each away game and if you were to take your children, well.. you get the picture!
    The only way it works is if TV rights are the only workable source of income and that would pretty soon dry up when TV audiences were presented with stadiums with no away fans and no atmosphere and then slowly but surely dwindling attendances from home fans for the same reason.

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    • Herbert
      3 years ago

      Exactly plus you won’t get the TV income because the world won’t want to watch the football anyway, they do want to watch and pay to do so, the Premier League.

      Reply
    • Nas
      3 years ago

      I think the world would pay and tv would catch on instantly if the big clubs moved. problem is i have always thought UEFA favour other countries over England cos of our old rep and the fact we have so many good teams.

      Reply
  • tom
    3 years ago

    I find it confusing that everyone can see how unfair free market conservative economics is unfair in relation to their football team, but are quite happy to put up with it in every other part of their life.

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    • Herbert
      3 years ago

      labour tried to bankrupt the country fella, if that is how you think a country should be run good luck to you, try visiting Russia.

      Reply
  • Charles
    3 years ago

    Not sure if the interest level would be sufficient but it would for sure highly devalue the present UEFA competitions. Imo its the clubs business what they do with their money, Platini is the same as Blatter power mad little men looking for self glory, not happy with what they got.

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  • Essexian76
    3 years ago

    it wouldn’t be so bad if there actually was a level playing field. Perhaps giving the prize money the other way around would be worth considering? More cash to those at the bottom lessening upwards as the top places are already getting additional monies from the European comps and cup wins etc.

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