UEFA has announced financial fair play penalties to PSG, Juventus, and others, as well as to the 19 clubs that took part in European competitions last season, including Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham, and Leicester, which are all listed as being under review. UEFA announced Friday it had reached agreements with several clubs who failed to adhere to financial fair play rules, with the fines totalling EUR 172m. UEFA’s CFCB (Club Financial Control Body) has published its review of the financial fair play (FFP) rules for the 2021-22 season, with eight teams being fined for breaking the rules.
PSG, AC Milan, Juventus and Internazionale are among the eight clubs that have agreed on resolutions with UEFA following failures to meet the financial requirements in UEFA’s financial fair play requirements this past season. Paris St-Germain, Monaco, Marseille, Milan, Juventus and Besiktas all agreed to deals covering the next three years, Uefa said, with Internazionale and Roma agreeing to four-year contracts.
Roma paid the price for their first-place finish in the Europa Conference League. The Italian team will pay a punishment of €35 million, which is substantially less than the amount that was laid at PSG’s door. However, that money isn’t always payable in full right once, similar to PSG’s. Before UEFA decides whether they must pay the balance based on their compliance, a charge of €5m must first be paid. The Europa League is being contested this season by Jose Mourinho’s team, who previously won Europe’s third-ranked club tournament.
The eight clubs must meet the new sustainability regulations before the end of the 2025-26 season, failing which could see them face a total penalty as determined by UEFA. Failure to comply can also lead the eight clubs to be banned from competing at the UEFA level for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons and banned from signing any new players in 2026-27. As informed by UEFA, the penalty would either have to be paid upfront or would have been subtracted from the eight clubs’ incomes from European club competitions such as the Champions League or Europa League. Among the sanctions, UEFA could use fines and remove the club from European competitions.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are a series of rules established to stop professional football clubs from spending more than they make while seeking success and, while doing so, avoid getting themselves into financial trouble that could threaten their long-term survival. If you are still wondering how the Financial Fair Play regulations work, UEFA allows football clubs to spend a maximum of 5 million Euros (PS 3.9 million) above their income for every three-year valuation period. The UEFA clubs’ own Financial Fair Play regulations are supposed to ensure that this is a level playing field for most clubs.