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Report: Man City fails Financial Fair Play; Punishment? Probably a fine

Apr 28, 2014, 6:38 PM EDT

Manchester City's United Arab Emirati ow Getty Images

I have to say, this is baffling. Not that Manchester City is set to join Paris Saint-Germain as a club that’s failed the UEFA Financial  Fair Play test.

No, that’s not confounding, but that their punishment will likely be to just pay more money is frankly hilarious.

It won’t be a transfer ban, competition sanctions or personnel suspensions. Nope, the rich guys who spend crazy dough on paying for players that could really hurt the sport of soccer?

Their punishment is going to be to pay more money.

Amazing. Really.

From The Daily Mail:

Along with French club PSG – who have also failed the test – City have now been offered a settlement – or punishment – by UEFA and it’s up to them if they accept it. If they don’t they can appeal but that opens up the possibility of a stiffer penalty if it fails.

In all likelihood, City will be fined and will accept the fine.

Last week UEFA president Michel Platini said that he felt it unlikely any team would be banned from European competition this time round.

City, though, will be embarrassed and disappointed by the news. The club’s owners in Abu Dhabi value image and the projection of integrity above anything else and will view this development gravely.

Sure they will, while rolling around in vats of gold coins and playing catch with trophies.

Seriously, talk me off the ledge here. What is there to consider? In the regionally-famous words of energy billionaire and NHL owner Terry Pegula when asked what happens if he needs more money, “I’ll go drill a well.”

I don’t blame Sheikh Mansour at all. He’s trying to win trophies. If he’s willing to spend a load of money to get Samir Nasri or David Silva, why wouldn’t he be willing to spend a load of money to pay off the fine that comes with those purchases?

Again, the punishment is just a speculative report, but come on UEFA.

  1. lewpuls - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    That would be a big fail, amounting merely to a luxury tax for big spenders as we have in the NBA. Time will tell.

  2. nextmanup81 - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    How did they not outline specific punishments for offenders before putting the fair play rules into place? First offense – financial penalty. Second offense – transfer ban, etc…? This removes the ambiguity and subjectivity and everyone knows the consequences before the offense occurs. Are they even half serious about this?

    • 12is3times4 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Only to the point where it actually hurts the clubs. And forget about any outright bans from the CL – the rich clubs are also the ones with the biggest brand names and huge global followings, and UEFA isn’t about to exclude them from their showcase event over some silly financial shenanigans.

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