West Ham now at mercy of Uefa after official announcement - Maguire

By Kieran Maguire

10th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Uefa now have the power to 'relegate' West Ham after 'major' announcement

Uefa could theoretically have the power to “relegate” West Ham in the future under new profit and sustainability rules.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about “major” reforms to the financial fair play model.

Uefa announced on Thursday (7 April) that they have approved an overhaul of spending regulations for clubs like West Ham in European competitions.

Transfer fees, agents fees and wages must now remain under 70 per cent of annual turnover, while the loss limit has been doubled to £50million.

European football’s governing body has also introduced a “no overdue payables” rule and will punish those who fail to make payments on time.

Maguire claims that, while the specific punishments have not yet been revealed, they could involve points deductions or even relegation.

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“The major focus is on more up-to-date monitoring,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“If you can monitor outstanding money due in terms of taxes, transfer fees and money due to players, that makes sense.

“If you’re late with any of these, then the punishment could come in the form of sanctions.

“It is yet to be determined what exactly those sanctions would be. That could come in terms of points deductions or relegation from the Uefa competitions.

“So you could have clubs going from the Champions League to the Europa League, to the Conference League.”

The new rules will be phased in from the beginning of 2022-23.

The Hammers drew 1-1 with Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last Thursday (7 April).

In other news, pundit suggests West Ham could sell Jarrod Bowen amid “£150m” transfer claim.