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Financial fair play isn't so fair

We have long taken the view that financial fair play is not so fair as it looks.  It offers a means for the current elite clubs to shore up their dominance.  We have also expressed doubts about how effectively it can be enforced.  

On The Ball

The interface between football and the law is of increasing importance, but the complex issues that are raised can often be difficult for a non-lawyer to comprehend.   The latest issue of the authoritative On The Ball magazine contains articles on such topics as the latest Premier League broadcasting deal, financial fair play and the contested football creditors' rule.

Traps in the way of financial fair play

We have been arguing for some time that financial fair play will not be easy to implement and enforce, but it is good to have the president of Juventus make a similar point.

Mixed news for Ajax

Ajax didn't have a great night in the Champions League yesterday, losing 1-4 at home - but then it was to Real Madrid.

However, financially things are looking up for the club, to the extent that they are thinking of delisting from the Stock Exchange.  They are the only Dutch club still there.

Champions League money hit

Chelsea's Champions League victory will mean that the three other English qualifiers for next season's competition will earn million of pounds less.   The split of Uefa television money will reflect the fact that Chelsea start in the group stages.

Manchester City will get about £9m rather than £12m, Manchester United £7.5m instead of £9 and Arsenal £4.5m not £6m.

Two swallows don't make a summer

It's been an incredible seven days in football.   First, Manchester City took the title for the first time in 44 years with a last gasp victory.   Then Chelsea became champions of Europe by showing that English sides do not always lose to German ones on penalties.

Chelsea or MLS?

22-year old Ohio native Katie Callaway will be with fellow Chelsea fans in a Chicago bar today to watch the final with Bayern Munich.   She fell in love with Chelsea on a family trip to Grand Cayman in 2006 and she will be wearing her David Luiz away shirt for the game.

Chelsea will earn £45m in Champions League TV cash

Chelsea can expect to earn a total of £45m in television cash from Uefa for their Champions League campaign this year.   This will increase by £2.8m if they win the trophy.  Clubs can usually double that income from ticket sales, sponsorship and merchandise.   The income is particularly important for Chelsea given their need to comply with financial fair play rules.

Al Jazeera breaks into televised football

Some time ago I was quite surprised to be asked by Al Jazeera if I could come into their London studio to talk about football.   As it happened, I couldn't make it but perhaps I should have seen the straw in the wind.


The Qatari broadcaster has been awarded the majority of media rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years from 2012 in a deal worth €180m.   This is a serious blow to French pay-TV operator Canal Plus.

United take big hit from Champions League exit

Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League before the group stage will hit them hard financially.   They could be between £14m and £18m worse off than last season when they reached the final.