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Champions League penalties for players


Arsenal players will lose out on bonuses worth about £5m if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. The club pays out £200,000 per player if it reaches the group stage, although that is not evenly split.  The competition was worth about £46m in payments from Uefa last season, while the club also made money from matchday income.

Tottenham Hotspur have a similar policy on bonuses.  By contrast, Manchester United assume that they will qualify for the Champions League and their players take a wage cut if they do not make it.  That sum worked out at about £14m at the end of last season, about £500,000 per player.