These were the dramatic headlines:
- Manchester City facing UEFA sanctions for breaching financial fair play rules
- £49million fine would be the biggest in the history of football
- Club would also be limited to a 21-man Champions League squad
- City have until end of the week to reach an agreement with UEFA over the settlement offer
- Paris Saint-Germain have received similar sanctions
City have been fined £50 million having been found guilty of breaching the rules under FFP.
Is that penalty really a right and proper deterrent to other clubs who spend money like it’s going out of fashion?
No, the answer has to be no doesn’t it?
Of course it’s a lot of money, an awful lot of money but for clubs like City, it’s like you and I having to find a fiver.
Just selling one fringe player and with it, offloading that players wages will soon recoup the fine because let’s face it, some of their fringe players could cost a lot and are no doubt on high wages in comparison to others, certainly ours….
Don’t they still have Adebayor on their books??
Seriously though, reducing a Champions League squad to 21 players won’t hurt them either will it? Not if a squad is rotated properly and not when a manager has a squad as deep as City’s and no doubt it will only get stronger and deeper after the summer as Pellegrini has a clear out and brings in new players….
The only way forward under FFP is to deduct points, let clubs start their Champions League campaign with a points deduction and then see how they cope. If they fail to comply the following year then either increase that points deduction or simply oik them out of Europe all together because that is the only way the message will get across.
No doubt Manchester City will appeal this decision, especially after Barcelona had their transfer embargo put on hold after they appealed a recent punishment, albeit for different reasons…
We’ve heard from both Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger about FFP and they truly believed that once the rules were in place and all clubs conformed to those rules, we’d be able to come into our own.
Well, that won’t happen if penalties like City have received are dished out by the powers that be…
Mind you, it shouldn’t cause us concern in any case, after all, we are cash rich, very cash rich.
We just need to start spending some of it!
Seems the club are hopeful of Laurent Koscielny staying put and signing a new five year contract. Well that’s according to John Cross in The Mirror and French website Le10Sport.com. If true, the new deal will keep our centre back with us until he’s nearly 34 years old. Good!
Talking of snapping up players, Arsene Wenger has revealed he was in talks with the agent of Eden Hazard and a deal was possible until Chelsea waded in:
Yes, I wanted to take him, I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn’t make.
He also spoke about where he’d like to go should he ever leave Arsenal:
If I was to go somewhere then I think it would be in a different country because I am so much Arsenal that I would not like to coach anywhere else in England.
Germany (is an option) because I am of German culture a little bit and it’s a country where I have never worked and I am very close to it.
Shame he doesn’t fancy a job in Holland and now……
If you want a laugh, have a look at this…
That’s your lot for another day….