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Arsenal boss Wenger wants FFP sanctions enforced

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By James McLean

Friday 02 May 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Uefa to back up their words with action and punish Man City for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, according to The Telegraph.

Arsene Wenger

The European governing body are believed to have made a settlement offer to clubs who have breached those rules, which include City and French outfit Paris Saint-Germain, with punishments thought to range from a fine to limiting wage bills for next season’s Champions League squads.

Wenger, however, says he would feel “let down” if the rules are not fully enforced. Losses of up to £37m per year are permitted as long as club owners are able to cover the deficit, but City have posted combined losses of £149m for the last two seasons.

Uefa president Michel Platini has insisted that clubs would not be expelled from competitions such as the Champions League for failing to meet the criteria, with other sanctions instead being placed.

Wenger said: “There are rules to apply for the financial fair play. If you don't respect them, you have to apply the rules.

“One of the rules is that normally you should be banned for the excess of the financial amount that is not justified, that is if you are £100million overboard, you should be punished for £100m of your wages bill in the Champions League.

“I want to see that respected. If that is not respected, then financial fair play will have problems to be respected in the future because everyone will just not consider it at all.

“If it is not respected, of course we will feel let down.”

Wenger believes that TV payments play a large part in the decision not to expel clubs from the Champions League, continuing: “That has gone out now. I have thought about that problem and the media might play a part in that.

“Because when Uefa sells the rights of the Champions League to a French TV station, it is very difficult to explain to them once they have paid the money that the best club in their country will not play in the competition.

“So that might be one of the reasons behind that.”

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