David Gill, the former Manchester United chief executive who has been an ardent advocate of financial fair play (FFP), will chair the Uefa committee with ultimate power to recommend bans on clubs in breach of the new spending rules.
After becoming a Uefa executive committee member, Gill has been appointed to chair the club licensing committee, a move which could antagonise Manchester City, who hope to reduce £97m (€114) losses to the aggregate €45m limit allowable by FFP.
A Uefa spokeswoman said that the licensing committee will have influence over whether clubs' finances entitle them to a licence to play Champions League football.
Gill's committee "monitors the achievement of the objectives of the Uefa club licensing system" – which analysts believe would allow it to make recommendations about clubs' entitlement to a licence, if FFP is not seen to be working.
Gill, who remains a United board member, will exert no control over of Uefa's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), which next month will begin combing through the accounts of clubs who want to compete in European competitions. However, his committee will oversee the entire licensing system. (© Independent News Service)