The Premier League Wage Cap: A Well Kept Secret

The Premier League’s (PL) latest handbook  contains a very important cost control  provision explained below. Many are unaware that the PL has implemented a soft wage cap in the PL that its member clubs are required to adhere to. Short Term Cost Control Rule E.18 states that “If in any of Contract Years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 …

UEFA Settlement Sanctions: A Summary

UEFA announced on Friday evening that it had come to settlement agreements with nine clubs that had breached the Financial Fair Play (FFP) break-even regulations. To understand the detail of the UEFA settlement procedure click here. The remainder of this blog sets out a high level description of the Manchester City sanctions with some initial …

UEFA’s New Financial Fair Play Settlement Provisions

In the last weeks, UEFA published its updated 2014 Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) procedural rules. These rules have been amended with a number of significant additions. Of particular importance are Articles 15 and 16 regarding settlement which were not included in the original regulations. As a result, only months before the first break-even sanctioning …

The Trouble with Loan Agreements: Conflicting UK and South American Perspectives

By Daniel Geey and Ariel Reck Introduction This article examines the tricky integrity of competition issues associated with loan players playing against their parent club. After discussion between both co-authors it became apparent that a variety of national associations have divergent approaches to the same issue. With Premier League (PL), Football League (FL) and Argentinean …

UEFA FFP and Chelsea’s 12-13 Accounts

Introduction Chelsea recently announced a £49.4m loss in their latest 2012-13 accounts. It was of significant interest that the press release stated that: “A long-term objective was financial sustainability, and the subsequent implementation of Financial Fair Play by Uefa and by the Premier League has brought that to the top of the agenda for football clubs. We …

My Top Ten Football Law Blogs of 2013

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought that I would share with you a selection of my 2013 blogs all in one convenient place. 1.  FFP: My Top Ten Tips for understanding UEFA Financial Fair Play here 2.  FFP: Malaga, its Overdue Debts & UEFA Financial Fair Play here 3.  TPI: UEFA’s Aim …

Rotation, Weakened Teams and the Premier League Rules

Last season saw Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) being slapped with a suspended £25,000 fine as a result of breaching PL rules for fielding a weakened team and that PL Board decision raised questions about past situations where managers have rotated or rested players in important games yet not been punished. The Regulations The PL Board found …