Michael Platini has handed both PSG and Manchester City a lifeline, as he announced that no team will be removed from European competition next season for breaking the Financial Fair Play rule, according to the Daily Mail.
FFP has been in place since 2011 in an attempt to prevent excessive spending and wage bills across European football. Spending constraints imposed on clubs include a loss no greater than €45 million over three seasons to play in European competition, or £105 million to play Premier League football.
In February 2014, UEFA announced that 76 clubs would be targeted and investigated under the ruling however, Platini has suggested sanctions placed on clubs will not remove them from competition.
The severity of the breech of Financial Fair Play will be considered with first sanctions being placed in May, and those of more severe standing being dealt with in June. Sanctions include penalty fines and a restriction on registering players for UEFA competitions, with the severest sanction being removal from tournaments.
UEFA appointed Jean-Luc Dehaene, the former Belgium prime minister, to lead the panel, with main concerns regarding the use of inflated sponsorship deals linked to club owners.
This ultimately thrust both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City into the spotlight. The Qatar-owned PSG are currently sponsored by Qatar Tourism Authority and likewise, City find themselves gaining sponsorship capital from Abu Dhabi airline Etihad.
Both deals are to be investigated during the panel hearings. Manchester City will therefore be grateful for Platini's open-minded attitude towards rule breaking, should they be found guilty. The Manchester club are currently aiming for high places, with increasing popularity and, taking away European football would seriously dent their chances of becoming equal to their Manchester rivals.
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