Liverpool & Ajax join forces against UEFA sanctions

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Ajax and Liverpool have teamed up to demand UEFA toughen up their sanctions for clubs which breach the organisation's Financial Fair Play rules, reports French newswire AFP.

Europe's leading football governing body imposed their first punishments on 23 clubs this season, for failing to submit balanced accounts. However, the rules do not come into full force until 2014.

And, for clubs like Ajax and Liverpool, who don't have the means to compete with those financed by oligarchs or billionaires, but still hold ambitions to compete with the best, UEFA's efficient implementation of the FFP system is their only hope for the future.

So, the pair have demanded that UEFA looks urgently into ensuring the required measures are enforced the way they are supposed to be.

"We need tough sanctions," said Ajax director Henri van der Aat. "If you don't pay the prize money to a club like Real Madrid, it will have no effect. We must exclude clubs from the Champions League.

"The Champions League can survive without one or two of the best clubs, as there are plenty of good teams."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre backed Van der Aat's stance, insisting that it is not only the Anfield or Amsterdam club's futures at stake, but also UEFA's overall credibility as an organisation.

"It is very important for the credibility of UEFA to be hard on sanctions," explained the Reds chief. "We need a rigorous application of the regulations on related parties.

"There is a legitimate market with legitimate sponsorship contracts, which are reasonable, and must be respected."

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