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Financial hit from United exit significant

The financial effects of Manchester United's exit from the Champions League at the hands of Wolfsburg are significant, but far from devastating.   The blow to their prestige is probably greater.

Revenues for 2014-15 fell by £37.8m largely because of United's failure to qualify for the Champions League.   However, United only budget to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League each year so the cost will be only around £5m on that basis.   It will be more than offeset by the new Premier League broadcasting deal.

Empty seats at the Emirates

The announced attendance for Arsenal's Champions League game against Dynamo Zagreb was 58,798, but it seems that the actual attendance was around 50,000.   Clubs, of course, customarily include season ticket holders in attendance figures whether they are there or not.

Are Uefa targeting Manchester City?

Manchester City face with being charged by Uefa after their fans booed the Champions League anthem before their match against Seville on Wednesday.  Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body are to consider 'the disruption of the competition anthem' at their meeting on 19 November.

Uefa sources are discounting the prospect of a formal charge, but City intend to robustly defend their supporters' right to peaceful protest and are instructing lawyers.

Uefa pot is bigger

Uefa has provided details of the financial arrangements for the Champions League and Europa League for the 2015-18 cycle.  A total of €1.257bn will be available for distribution each season, of which €112m will go in solidarity payments to national associations.   For the first time the Champions League and the Europa League will form one single pot of money.

Arsenal pay the price

Arsenal will miss out on the biggest Champions League prize pot ever if they fail to qualify for the group stage which looks increasingly likely.  The pot has been boosted by the deal with BT Sports.  They will get £8.84m for reaching the group stage.

Swiss Ramble scales heights with United

The Swiss Ramble blog has scaled the heights of analysis once again with an impressive in depth treatment of Manchester United.   As always, there are lots of graphs and data to back up the argument.  It must take hours of careful work, but you also need the right skill set to do it properly.

England could lose fourth Champions League spot

There is a risk that England could lose its fourth Champions League spot.  It shouldn't be exaggerated, but England could be overtaken by Italy.

Manchester City freed of FFP penalties

Manchester City have had the penalties imposed on them for breach of Uefa's financial fair play rules lifted.   They have been subject to limits on transfer spending and Champions League squad size.  Paris Saint-Germain have also had their sanctions removed.

City were also fined £49m spread over three years, but only the first £16.3m has had to be paid,

The gap with the super elite gets wider

The gap between the super elite of European clubs and the next tier is getting wider.   Clubs like Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Southampton have enjoyed success through good management and smart player acquisitions, but sustaining that success is difficult.

Champions league money boost

Premier League clubs are already desperate to secure one of the Champions League places, for the prestige as much as for the additional income.  For Liverpool it could make the difference between a season that is viewed as successful and one that is not.

The financial rewards are going to increase considerably next season.  Appearance money from the group stage is going to increase by 50 per cent.