Wednesday 22 October 2014

No Euro exclusion for City if they breach FFP

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Martin Demichelis of Manchester City (26) celebrates with Samir Nasri (8) as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on April 21, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester City will not be banned from European competition next season if they are found to have breached UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City will not face the prospect of being excluded from next season's Champions League should the club be found to have breached Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Widely-held doubts over the ability of the likes of City and Paris Saint-Germain to comply with FFP will be answered next month but UEFA president Michel Platini yesterday disclosed that no club will be excluded from European competition.

Clubs face sanctions from Uefa for breaking FFP rules introduced at Platini's behest to curb spending in an attempt to level the financial playing field. A total of 76 clubs were asked to submit additional financial information to Uefa in January and around 20, including City and PSG, are believed to have had their cases looked at this month by the European governing body's Club Financial Control Board with those who will face action to be announced on May 5.

Platini promised "significant sanctions" but there will be more carrot than stick and the ultimate sanction of exclusion from the Champions League or the Europa League will not be applied for next season.

"If you are expecting blood and tears, you will be disappointed. There will be some tough things but I think no exclusions from European competition," said Platini.

Irish Independent

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