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Uefa's financial fair play dilemma

Uefa faces a series of dilemmas in terms of its enforcing Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.   If it doesn't enforce them at all, it will look foolish and be weakened in relation to the top clubs.  But devising sanctions that bite without undermining the Champions League itself is a real test of ingenuity.

Chelsea deny ticket sale problems

Chelsea FC have denied that tickets have been handed out to boost attendance for tonight's Champions League match against Genk and insist that they are confident of a full house.  They stated that about 1,000 tickets have been given to their foundation after some fans had campaigned for a boycott of the game because of higher ticket prices.

Chelsea ticket prices criticised

Chelsea's policy of raising ticket prices for Champions League matches has come under some criticism.   Apparently there was a strangely subdued atmosphere in last night's victory at Stamford Bridge over Bayer Leverkusen in front of a below capacity crowd of 33,820.   Some fans have even talked of a boycott of the home game against Gent.

Making money out of the Champions League

There has been criticism of the cost of seats for the Champions League final, but for Uefa it is at the centre of its financial viability.   Last season it generated 73 per cent of its income, €1.1 billion in total.


 A decade or so ago there was a talk of a televised breakaway league of top clubs, but the Champions League provides a means of keeping them happy.  €746.4m was distributed among the 32 teams in the last competition.   Last year's champions, Inter, received just under €50m in prize and TV money.

Messi scores against the taxman

HM Revenue and Customs is likely to be hoping that Manchester United win tonight's Champions League final.  If they win, the players' bonuses will yield some significant revenue.  But whether Barcelona win or lose, their players will not have to pay any tax.

See you in court over financial fair play?

What are the chances of a legal challenge to Uefa's financial fair play regulations.  Our legal eagle Duncan McHardy makes an assessment in a contributed article:

Champions League bonanza

There is a lot riding financially on whether Spurs can overcome Young Boys tomorrow and reach the group stage of the Champions League.   Although no English team got past the quarter-finals last season the top four clubs (United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool) earned a combined total of €140m in television and prize money from the tournament, well ahead of the €116m received by their Italian rivals and the €105m received by Spanish clubs.  These figures reflect the value of the ITV and Sky bro

Do the stats tell us that Inter will win?

Who will the Champions League final?   A group of academics who work on football think that they have devised a group of statistical indicators that will give them the answer.   The story below is based on a statement they sent us.

Does losing Champions League status matter financially?

There has been a growing gap in English football between the top four clubs qualifying for the Champions League and the rest.   It is, of course, in large part a question of sporting prestige.  It has been reported that Roman Abramovich intends to hold an inquest at Chelsea into their failure to achieve Champions League status even if they win the double.   The race between Spurs and Manchester City for the fourth spot, only a qualifying one, was fierce.   But the financial rewards are also considerable, far outweighing winning the FA Cup.