Clubs Guilty of Uefa’s FFP Rules Should Be Banned, Says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger opines Uefa should exclude clubs culpable of its financial fair play (FFP) rules breach from European competitions.

European football’s governing body are dealing with such cases involving nine clubs- Paris St. Germain (PSG) and Manchester City inclusive- in the moment.

“You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition, or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition,” Wenger said

Arsene Wenger Wants FFP Rules Breakers to Be Excluded from the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger Wants FFP Rules Breakers to Be Excluded from the Champions League.

“There are rules. You respect them or you don’t respect them. If you don’t respect them you have to be punished.”

Newly-crowned French champions PSG are believed will face a significantly smaller fine, instead of the £49m Uefa had proposed for them for failing the FFP rules, after reaching an agreement with the governing body.

Premier League club Manchester City are yet to resolve their sanctions and are thought to be some distance apart over a potential deal on financial and sporting sanctions with Uefa.

They are believed to have balked at the penalties offered to them for breaching the FFP rules.

Aside the £49m fine, other sanctions includes restrictions on the size of the squad for next season’s Champions League and a salary cap on its players in next season’s championship.

It is yet unclear whether PSG would face similar Champions League squad cuts and imposition of a wage cut.

The Premier League leaders have until Friday to reach a settlement with Uefa.

If no agreement is made before Friday’s deadline, City’s case will proceed to Uefa’s independent adjudicatory panel, headed by two European Court justices. Their decision will be non-negotiable- except in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (Cas)- and Manchester team could be hit with harsher sanctions.

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