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Financial Fair Play (FFP)

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City to be found guilty under FFP rules

Manchester City are to be found guilty under financial fair play rules this week and face either a heavy fine or a transfer embargo.   Much depends on how sponsorship of the club by Etihad is treated and whether it is regarded as a related party transaction.

Do Forest face a FFP challenge?

All reports relating to financial fair play and annual results need to come with a health warning as it is more likely that a legal challenge will be launched to the Football League's plans if they crack down hard on leading clubs.

Nottingham Forest have reported losses of £17m for the 2012/13 season compared with £12.2m for the previous season. Forest have made nine permanent signings since these accounts, in addition to four loan deals. With the associated transfer fees and wages involved, the losses over the current season are likely to have significantly increased

Uefa investigating 76 clubs under financial fair play

UEFA is investigating 76 unidentified Champions League and Europa League clubs for potentially breaking the Financial Fair Play rules designed to curb excessive spending. Chelsea are thought not to be under investigation, but Manchester City are.

The first sanctions against clubs will be announced in April, UEFA announced today. Clubs involved in more serious cases will also be identified then, with UEFA setting a June deadline to publish verdicts ahead of the qualifying round draws for next season's competitions.

Threat to Financial Fair Play

We have argued for some time that the financial fair play schemes at both Uefa and domestic competition levels are based on shaky legal foundations and were open to challenge in the courts. Sports lawyers like Daniel Geey have drawn attention to how complex the rules are and open to different interpretations which of themselves give grounds for a challenge.

Uefa become ingenious on FFP punishments

It is well established that Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules are both very complex and open to the interpretation that the football governing body wants to put on them. Hence, there is plenty of scope for any punished club to challenge them in court, particularly if the punishment was as onerous as exclusion from the Champions League.