In an interview, UEFA President Michel Platini said that no clubs found in breach of financial fair play rules would be excluded from European competition next season. On Thursday, the former France legend confirmed that no club would be excluded from either the UEFA Champions League or the Europa League next year, although tough penalties would be issued.
"If you are expecting blood and tears, you will be disappointed,” Platini told French daily Le Parisien. “There will be some tough things but I think there will be no exclusions from European competition. I think that significant sanctions will affect the big clubs. We will go through with this."
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are understood to be among around 20 clubs dealt with by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Board earlier this month, with those facing sanctions to be announced on May 5. Qatar-owned PSG is the club under the most scrutiny after it wiped out its losses with an enormous and back-dated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourist Authority, which Platini simply described as “innovative” and “atypical” in the interview.
Meanwhile, Premier League giant City, which lost $250 million in the past two seasons, is also at risk, but has been working with UEFA to try to comply with FFP rules. According to the report, it could be forced to agree some kind of settlement with UEFA that could include a reprimand and fine.