These last weeks it has been called anything from ‘a joke’ to ‘toilet paper'(!) by prominent figures of European football, and UEFA seem to have heard all those disappointed voices.
It’s one of the crucial moments. Financial fair play was established to increase stability in football, and it was successful. But times change
Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA’s president, told ARD, talking about FFP.
We have to adjust it and modernize and do something about the balance of the competition, because the gap between the small clubs and big clubs gets wider and wider. I don’t think we can stop that development, but we can slow it down. And we need to act now
he also said, avoiding mentioning PSG’s name, but leaving no doubt that they are one of the main clubs who make the ‘adjustment’ and ‘modernization’ of the FFP rules necessary.
The UEFA president, always indirectly, went a step further, ‘warning’ PSG that if found guilty, given that this will be the second time, the form of punishment won’t be the same as four years ago, when they were simply handed a fine.
I am a lawyer. I know that if you sanction with a fine once, you have to impose a different sanction the second time. I do not talk about any specific club because our investigations are still ongoing. But one thing is clear: If you don’t take heed of a punishment, then nothing will happen. We will remind all involved to follow the rules. And if that does not work out, there will be severe punishments which show that we are the governing institution