Former Manchester United director David Gill will be part of the committee which licences clubs for playing Champions League and Europa League football.

Having already stepped down from his position at Manchester United at the end of the 2012/13 season, Gill will become a UEFA Executive Member and has been appointed as the chairman of the governing body.

The post is considered to be extremely influential for club licensing. The committee will become important gradually as UEFA's FFP rules shape the face of European football in the coming years.

Gill is a well-known advocate of FFP and is also one of four Premier League chiefs who proposed similar rules to be implemented in English domestic football earlier this year.

He clearly stated that the new model would work if 'appropriate sanctions' were imposed to the clubs who missed their targets.

UEFA President Michel Platini has already discussed fines and competition bans under sanctions.

The 55-year-old's appointment would surely raise concerns for clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City who are currently struggling to ensure their losses are not greater the limit of £38m, which is allowed by FFP across last and next season.

On June 17, a UEFA spokesperson confirmed that a committee which Gill is part of will have an influence over whether clubs' finances entitle them to play in major European competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League.

Initially the Club Financial Control Body will go through individual clubs' finances to see if they adhere to the targets set by FFP. Gill will not play a role in this part of the process.

Gill will remain United director and board member, despite handing over the chief executive post to Ed Woodward.

 

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