Paris Saint-Germain supporters can claim an initial victory over UEFA in their battle against financial fair play.
The Guardian reports:
A court in Brussels has referred a case submitted by several claimants to the European Court of Justice and imposed an interim measure blocking UEFA from activating phase two of its rules to cut the deficit clubs are permitted from €45m to €30m.
The case was brought by Manchester City and PSG supporters along with Belgian agent Daniel Striani. Both clubs were among the hardest hit by FFP last season and despite today’s victory, both clubs remain hampered by the restrictions.
According to FFP regulations, to avoid penalty, a team’s losses backed by an owner’s own pocket, rather than debt, must be less than €45m in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and less than €30m for seasons 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18. – ESPN FC
The next step will be for UEFA to make amendments to FFP at an executive meeting in Prague next week.
Obviously, the reason FFP restrictions are important to PSG and their fans is because it restricts how much money the club can spend on new players. In order to bring in a player like Paul Pogba, who will reportedly cost over €80m, PSG will need to sell off a few players in order to make the numbers fit within the FFP rules. That’s why Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Motta, and Adrien Rabiot, are reportedly available for transfer.
When you have aspirations of winning the Champions League and building a consistent contender for four trophies every year, you need a deep squad and FFP will continue to be a thorn in the side of Qatar Sports Investments.