The details of the new financial fair play have leaked!

The time for reform has come at UEFA. After tackling the new version of the Champions League, the governing body of European football has looked at its famous financial fair play. Inherited from Michel Platini, the financial control system of continental clubs was supposed to close the gap that separates the most modest formations from the financial superpowers. But you guessed it, the new FPF should especially delight the richest.

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It is moreover the New York Times who unveiled the main outlines of the future FPF which will be proposed to the UEFA board of directors on 7 April. And the attack on the American newspaper leaves no room for doubt. “The biggest reforms of financial controls in European football will stop before the creation of American-style salary caps intended to limit team spending. They will instead enact rules that are unlikely to prevent the continent’s wealthiest clubs from buying the best talent and winning the most coveted trophies. »

A new version that favors large

To explain this tackle addressed to President Ceferin, the daily indicates that UEFA should impose on clubs that their expenses do not exceed 70% of their income. This caused some internal turmoil. The formations held by wealthy owners tried to bring this percentage to 85%, while others, mainly German, wanted to lower this percentage. The debate is far from over. Because this measure, apparently restrictive, would serve above all to hide the choice to rule out the establishment of a salary cap so often mentioned. Faced with the complexity of European labor law and pressure from the greats of Europe, Ceferin would therefore have preferred to kick in touch. Without a salary cap, the richest will therefore continue to have a serious advantage. And that’s not all.

To allow clubs to comply with this 70% rule, UEFA should grant them a transition period. A period of three years would thus be put in place during which clubs could spend up to 90% of their income. Once the 70% rule is in place, some teams will even be allowed to exceed this limit by 10%, provided they have a healthy record and have never broken the rules before. Finally, in terms of sanctions, UEFA has provided for the classic (fines, expulsions), but also a system of demotion and withdrawal of points. Clearly, if a team qualified for the Champions League does not respect the limits imposed, it could be demoted to the Europa League. As a penalty, we have known worse…

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