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5 clubs that have gotten into trouble with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations

The UEFA Financial Fair Play is designed, ideally, to help the international football world into a state of relative balance. Since its first sanctions back in 2011, competitions like the English Premier League and La Liga, have been forced to rethink the way they do business. Here are the 5 biggest cases in which clubs have gotten into trouble with the FFP and how this could affect football and fantasy sports.

Manchester City

Long a target for the FFP, Manchester City has become the poster-team for rich clubs that find themselves in trouble with the governing bodies because of their spending.

Now a global superpower, City were a team struggling to earn their place in the EPL before 2008 when the club was purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group. Massive investments followed which allowed the club to buy some of the world’s biggest football stars.

In 2020, according to Spinia Canada following a series of skirmishes with UEFA, Man. City was banned for 2 years from the Champions League and fined 30m Euros. Officially, the club has been banned for “serious breaches of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations”.

At the time of writing, the club is planning to appeal the decision. If the verdict does get overturned, it is likely that the club may lose some of its most prestigious personnel, including manager Pep Guardiola and stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, all who are highly sought after by behemoths of European football.

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AC Milan

The Rossoneri are a club struggling to regain their former glories. It has been this way for a number of years. However, a massive influx of capital promised that Milan would have the budgetary needs to attract high-quality players once again.

This must have made it hard for the club to balance the book. UEFA offered the club a ban, which after one appeal was finally set for the 2019/20 competition in which AC Milan was forbidden from taking part in European competitions.

While the team has been growing and attracting players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they are clearly still some way off their old, formidable pace.

Olivier Giroud and Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) in the Europa League


Chelsea is another club whose fortunes were greatly altered by an injection of money. The club was hit with a transfer ban for the 2019/20 season back and forth talks with governing bodies. Previously, UEFA sent a warning concerning inflated sponsorship.

Ironically, the transfer ban has had some positive effects, with the club forced to encourage some of its younger players into the main squad for Frank Lampard’s first season in charge of the club.

Paris Saint-Germain

Perhaps no other club has spent as much money on big-name transfers in recent years as PSG. The Parisians’ era of inflated budgets has helped them towards dominating the Ligue 1 competition, as well as signing players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe during the same season.

While UEFA’s investigations are ongoing, the club has already received a significant fine. In 2014, Paris Saint-Germain’s bosses were forced to pay 60 million Euro and were required to cut down their squad to 21 players.

With Manchester City being banned from playing in the UCL for 2 years, PSG must now know they could be next should they not manage to comply with UEFA’s regulations.

Rubin Kazan

The wave of big-spending across European football reached the Russian Premier League quickly. Generally backed by big Russian businesses, clubs reformed their clubs, enticing world-class players with high wages and promises of future glory in European competitions.

Rubin Kazan was one such club. Unfortunately, their problems with managing their financial situation also drew the ire of UEFA who first fined the club 6 million Euro back in 2014. Squad size and transfer spending restrictions were also put in place.

Then, in 2018, Rubin’s hopes of European football were dashed for the following two seasons, with the club receiving a ban similar to the one inflicted on Manchester City two years later.

The ban has affected Rubin, who in 2020 sits closer to the relegation zone then to one of the top spots in the league. With the Kazan club once again eligible for Europe’s big stage, investments could propel the club back towards the top of the Russian Premier League, but it’s a scenario that remains to be confirmed.

Regardless of how their relationship with UEFA develops, these clubs will continue to be included in FootballCoin through the domestic leagues they play in. Should they be made part of the Europa League, Champions League, or any future European competition, FootballCoin will also include the teams in those.


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