Written by Staff Writer
06 May, 2014 | 5:49 pm
Manchester City could be slapped with a £50million fine – plus a limited 21-man Champions League squad next season – by UEFA for breaching their Financial Fair Play rules.
The fine, which would be the biggest in the history of football, comes after City were announced by UEFA’s financial control board as one of nine European clubs to have breached FFP regulations.
While UEFA sources say no decisions have yet been made on sanctions, it’s believed that they are along similar lines to those being forced upon French champions Paris Saint-Germain, reported by L’Equipe this morning.
As Mirror Sport reported last month, City look set to be limited to a squad size of just 21 players in the Champions League next season, while a cap will be imposed to ensure that there is no rise on this season’s wage bill.
While the issue of the massive fine is one that the Abu Dhabi-backed City can deal with – no matter how painful handing over £50million may be – the issue of only having a Champions League squad of 21 players next term could proved particularly complicated.
Under FFP, clubs were allowed a maximum loss of £37million in each of the last two years.
City suffered losses of £97.9m in 2012 and £51.6m last year, although they were able to write off some expenditure spent on facilities and youth development.
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