Finance guru: Uefa 'sending message' to Arsenal as £149m punishment issued
Uefa have “sent a message” to the likes of Arsenal with their latest round of Financial Fair Play fines – but it might not go far enough.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the £149million worth of penalties handed out to some of Europe’s top clubs.
As relayed by The Guardian last Friday (2 September), Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan are among eight big-name sides to have been hit with fines.
The sanctions are in part dependent on future conduct, with the offending clubs able to avoid paying the bulk of their respective fines if they steer clear of future FFP issues.
Arsenal meanwhile are on Uefa’s FFP watchlist, meaning they will have to submit extra information to the governing body and will be monitored closely over the next assessment period.
But Plumley fears that the fines handed out by Uefa may not be an effective deterrent because of the way they are structured.
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“It’s good that Uefa have sent that message,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“However, the other side of that is that some of the fines are conditional and some are unconditional. Most of these clubs aren’t going to pay the full amount because they’ll get let off for good behaviour.
“That changes the narrative a bit. Yes, it’s a good thing that Uefa are dealing out punishment in relation to the regulations because that is what they are there to do.
“But when you have got these conditions, however, you know it’s not being thoroughly enforced. It’s just a slap on the wrist, and the fines are pocket change for some of these clubs.
“Sadly, that has often been the way with FFP.”