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UEFA preparing sanctions for FFP breach, Barcelona among ten clubs that could be punished



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Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are among the top 10 teams who are being investigated by the UEFA for allegedly breaching the Financial FairPlay (FFP) rules during the 2020-21 season.

As reported by The Times, the initial analysis done by the continent’s sporting body flagged as many as 20 teams, which included Premier League side Arsenal and Ligue 1 team Olympique de Marseille too.

But as things stand, the final accounts for many of these 20 clubs are yet to be filled with the UEFA and once done, their situation might as well change.

The case with the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Juventus, however, is extremely different. Of the three, the latter two teams are said to be in more danger as they are in full legal proceedings against UEFA along with Real Madrid due to the entire Super League issue.

Both Barcelona and Juventus are said to be refusing to negotiate with the UEFA at the moment.

For now, the sanctions imposed on PSG and Marseille are purely economical. The former has failed to comply with the mentioned guidelines in each of the last three seasons and UEFA has has given them a three-year timeline to rectify the errors.

As reported by MARCA, the Ligue 1 champions have a deficit for each of the last three years of over €30 million.

It must be noted that the ongoing 2022-23 season is going to be the last campaign that will run within the existing FFP rules. From 2023, the governing body wil introduce a new set of rules to set a cap on spending a percentage of their income on player salaries, transfers and agent fees.

By 2023, the cap will be 90%, 80% by 2024 and 70% from 2025. Furthermore, clubs’ finances will be checked at different time throughout the year as long as they are in the European competitions.

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