(WFI) UEFA president Michel Platini says no club will be excluded from European competition as part of the first round of financial fair play (FFP) sanctions.
The FFP rules were put in place to prevent clubs from spending more than they earn. They come into effect next season. A non-compliant club could face banishment from European competition, but Platini says when the findings are released, no one will face the maximum penalty.
Platini said in an interview with newspaper La Parisien, “If you are expecting blood and tears, you will be disappointed. There will be some tough things but no exclusions from European competition.”
Manchester City and Paris St. Germain were among the 20 or so clubs who faced UEFA’s Club Financial Control Board earlier this month. The official list of sanctions will be released on May 5.
PSG received the most scrutiny for a backdated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourist Authority which wiped out losses they may have sustained.
Platini called PSG’s methods “distinctive and atypical,” but said the final judgment will be left to the experts.
Punishments range from probation and fines up to disciplinary hearings which could result in competition bans.
Scotland Preparing Euro 2020 Bid
With UEFA preparing to stage the 2020 European Championship in 13 different host cities, the Scottish FA is pushing Glasgow’s Hampden Park as a possible host site for the finals.
“With the stadium demonstrating its versatility as the host venue for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, I am sure the whole country – and indeed football fans across Europe – would be thrilled by the prospect of the ‘Hampden Roar’ providing its unique soundtrack to the European Championships in 2020,” said Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie.
The Scottish FA will submit its bid dossier to UEFA today.
At the same time, the Czech Republic and Poland are withdrawing from the race to host tournament matches.
The Czechs had hoped Prague might make a suitable site for group stage matches and a quarterfinal, but said a lack of city support doomed the bid.
Poland, meanwhile, believed its chances of landing matches in Warsaw and Chorzow were “minimal.”
Euro 2020 bid dossiers must be submitted on Friday. The host cities will be announced in September.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin