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Financial Fair Play (FFP)

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Uefa may target United and Real debt

Uefa is considering changes in its financial fair play regulations which would target the amount of debt accumulated by clubs.   This would hit Manchester United and Real Madrid in particular.

Chelsea could play at Twickers

Chelsea have held preliminary conversations with the Rugby Football Union about playing for a season at Twickenham while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.   If nothing else, it would be convenient for Chelsea players who favour living in Cobham.

Chelsea have long wanted to increase capacity at Stamford Bridge from 41,800 to 60,000 to rival the gate revenues of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as providing more corporate facilities.   This would make it easier for them to comply with financial fair play regulations.

Liverpool may face FFP sanctions

Liverpool may pay a penalty for their return to the Champions League in the form of financial fair play sanctions.   They are expecting £7m in prize money next month, but the payment would be withheld if they are referred to Uefa's Club Financial Control Body.  

Harry gives it large

No surprise there, but this time Harry Redknapp is unhappy about financial fair play rules as they affect Queens Park Rangers.

He argued: 'To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Manchester United spent.  That would be fair?  Fair play would be everybody having £30 million or whatever to spend on the team.  You have seven teams at the top on another planet.'

Where should FFP fine money go?

It has been argued that as many as half of the clubs in the Championship could fall foul of the new financial fair play regulations, although figure is on the high side given the legitimate deductions that can be made from losses such as for youth development.

Clubs like Charlton are lobbying for a share of any fines imposed.   Their chief executive Katrien Meire estimates that they could receive £2m from a share of any fine on QPR.

QPR fine threat

QPR face future exclusion from the Football League if they do not pay a financial fair play fine which could be as much as £40m.   They would then have to play in the Football Conference.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has vowed to fight any fine, which does seem disproportionate.  He may have grounds for doing so as there are question marks about the compatbility of the rules with competition law.

Are Hull City now bigger than Juventus?

Hull is a city I enjoy visiting, but it hardly matches Turin.  Juventus have won the Italian title thirty times and have been European champions twice.   Not so long ago Hull were languishing in the fourth division.  Yet in the summer transfer window Hull, determined to stay in the Premier League, spent more than Juventus.

Wenger thinks that playing field is levelling up

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks that financial fair play is hitting home and levelling the playing field in the Premier League to give Arsenal a better chance.

He commented, 'I would say that the balance of power is a bit more even that it was five or six years ago.   That's because of Financial Fair Play, added to us having more financial power than five years ago.  That gives us a better chance.   A few seasons ago, I was thinking 'Who will go next?'

Financial fair play affects transfer decisions

Financial fair play is starting to have an effect on the transfer strategies of Championship sides, as the example of Wolves shows.   Clubs are likely to offload players on big salaries, £20k a week in this case, although that is not big by Premiership standards.

Financial Fair Play and the Championship

This article takes a look at Financial Fair Play (FFP) and its implications for Championship clubs, attempting to forecast which ones might be caught out.

It confidently asserts that the Football League will apply the rules as intended in January 2015, attempts to modify them have failed to secure the necessary 75 per cent majority.