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Understanding financial fair play

This is by no means easy as the rules are complex, perhaps deliberately so in order to give Uefa plenty of wriggle room.  As we have said many times, a lot depends on how the rules are enforced and whether they are challenged in the courts.

Sports lawyer Daniel Geey has produced his 'ten top tips' for understanding the rules.   So if you want to know what an acceptable deviation is, and how it is calcjulated, here is your chance.

The future of the Champions League and Europa League

The future of the Champions League and Europa League is under discussion by Uefa.   One possibility is the absorption of the Europa League by the Champions League to create a 64-club competition.  Quite how this would work out in practice remains to be seen, but it could involve an eight club group stage but with only one fixture between clubs instead of two as at present.

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.

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

Uefa pushes ahead with plans to curb spending

Uefa is pushing ahead with plans backed by their president Michel Platini to curb spending by clubs, forcing them to break even and spend only what they earn.  When implemented over a three-year period up to and including 2015, they should benefit French and German clubs but hit those in England and Spain.