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Football Governance


City decision may be delayed

A decision on the sanctions to be applied to Manchester City under Uefa's financial fair play rules has been expected for some time now.  Indeed, the details of the Uefa offer including a £49m fine and player restrictions has been widely leaked, although it was clear that the club was unhappy with the proposed settlement.

However, the chair of the Uefa panel, former Belgian prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, has been ill and he has now passed away.   This may result in a further delay in a decision.

Labour leader wants to tighten ownership rules

Labour leader Ed Miliband has signalled his intention to intervene in football if he becomes prime minister.  The Leeds United fan's thinking is believed to have been influenced by the recent takeover of his club by Massimo Cellino, a convicted fraudster.

Miliband met football fans at a pub in Horsforth and said that owners should be stopped from using clubs to 'shuffle round debt'.   He also argued that tests on whether prospective owners were 'fit and proper' were failing.   He also identified the number of foreign players as an issue.

Critique from US of Dyke commission proposals

Writing from the University of Michigan, soccer economics guru Stefan Szymanski has set out a critique of the Dyke commission proposals for the future of the English game.   One of his fundamental points is that the report fails to define adequately what the problem is, making it difficult to come up with appropriate solutions.

B league plan unpopular

Among the proposals from Greg Dyke's FA Commission, that for a new league for B teams has attracted most controversy.   A not uncommon response is why the lower leagues should be expected to sort out problems caused by the Premiership's 'greed'.

Under the plan there would be a new League 3 from 2016-17 with ten 'B' teams from top sides and ten Conference sides.   There would be promotion and relegation, but 'B' teams could not be promoted beyond League 1.  

Why is City fine so large?

It appears that Manchester City are to be fined €60m or around £50m for breaches of Uefa's financial fair play rules.   It is not clear whether the fine would take a phased reduction of Champions League prize money as some reports are suggesting.  In addition they are likely to face a cap on the size of their squad and possibly a wages cap as well.

B teams on the agenda again

Plans to allow top clubs to run 'B' teams lower down the league system have been on the agenda for some time, but they have been revived again.   The latest idea involves either a new league sandwiched between League 2 and the Conference or a merger between League 2 and the Conference which would then be divided into two regional leagues.

City and Uefa far apart

It was expected that an agreement between Uefa and Manchester City FC on the sanctions to be applied for breaches of financial fair play rules would be announced last Friday, but negotiations are continuing with the two sides far apart.

Uefa has proposed that City, along with Paris Saint-Germain and a handful of other clubs, agree to a heavy fine and a reduction in the number of players they can register for next season's Champions League.

Lawyers brought into relegation fight

Sunderland looked as if they had pulled off 'the great escape' with their victory over Manchester United yesterday, but now they face a legal challenge that could put them back in the relegation zone. 

Sanctions on City

Manchester City are expected to have their squad numbers cut for next season's Champions League after breaching Uefa's financial fair play rules.   Expenditure restrictions are also set to be put in place, setting a limit on the salary bill of their European 'A' squad.  Normally 25 players are allowed in the 'A' squad, but this number is expected to be cut and the club also faces a large fine.

The sanctions form part of a settlement offer to City and other clubs such as Paris Saint Germain which they can accept, reject or try to negoriate.

Uefa tone down financial fair play threats

It looks as if Uefa is backing down from a confrontation with leading clubs over its financial fair play rules. Michel Platini has announced that no club will be banned from the Champions League or Europa Leage next season.   Of course, they could still receive transfer bans and big fines.