Manchester City’s Financial Far Play punishment needs to far more severe, they still get to operate in the Champions League and it’s pathetic.
Arsenal have worked their socks off to keep their books balanced and pay off a Stadium, while even Chelsea have acted under caution in recent windows. Money is no issue for them, however they sold Mata to fund several other deals, whereas in the past they would have kept the Spaniard and continued to spend heavily. The Blues also could’ve spent a fortune on Falcao or Cavani in the summer but felt restricted, however City went about business as usual.
The proposed UEFA punishment is to fine them £50m over three years and have them omit up to six foreign players from their Champions League squad. This allows them 21 senior players, eight of which must be homegrown (however Clichy and a few others qualify for this), leaving City with 13 slots for their heavily imported star players.
While it is a sneaky punishment in the fact that it will certainly handicap the squad and potentially force the club to rethink their transfer policy this summer, they shouldn’t be included in the Champions League at all.
Wenger shared similar thoughts, but suggested there is more to it then simply excluding the club from Europe’s elite competition.
He said in his Norwich pre-match press conference:
I’m a compete supporter of Financial Fair Play because I think that every business should live within its own resources like in any other activity.
For the punishment I think it’s a sophisticated punishment. I would like a more simple one that makes more sense but they have studied that for a very long time, certainly to be in accordance with the legal side of it, I don’t know.
You would think you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then everybody would understand it.
Even PSG’s punishment has been far for telling, with transfer restrictions and potential further action if they fail to meet FFP’s regulations producing something a bit more appropriate, as well as what City have received. It seems though UEFA haven’t come down as hard as they had suggested and it’s very disappointing.
Are you frustrated with the punishment Gooners? City and PSG should be excluded from the UCL for at least one season to really hit home the insanity of their spending and knock some sense into them. The Manchester outfit clearly attempted to increase their revenue with the bullsh*t Etihad sponsorship and need to be punished accordingly, otherwise they will just continue doing what they’ve done for the past few years.