By DAN KARELL
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain may not miss out on European competition next season, but that doesn’t mean UEFA won’t throw down the hammer at two of Europe’s biggest clubs.
According to a number of reports in England and France, both Man City and PSG are in line to receive harsh financial punishments from UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. UEFA are expected to make their announcements public next week, but president Michel Platini ruled out European bans in an interview last week.
The reports state that UEFA are offering settlements, or in essence a plea agreement, and it’s up to the clubs to accept them or to take the full punishment. A report in Le Parisien states that PSG will have to pay a fine in the “tens of millions of Euros” and will have another 12 months to get their financial books in line so they aren’t operating on a massive deficit.
Under FFP, clubs aren’t allowed to post losses of more than £37/€45 million over the last two seasons, and Man City have posted losses of nearly £149 million in that time span. PSG is also under investigation for a deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority that seems to be well above market value.
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CHIVAS TO MAKE SIX SIGNINGS THIS SUMMER
Chivas Guadalajara’s dreadful season has come to a close, but the club are now planning on improving the squad in a big way.
With owner Jorge Vergara fully focused on the club after selling his stake in Chivas USA, he’s reportedly put down enough money for Chivas to bring in six new players this summer, according to sporting director Francisco “Paco” Palencia.
“We already have six planned signings,” Palencia told Univision. “The coaching staff met today and I will meet with them tomorrow. We will give so much more (to the team).”
Chivas finished in 15th position in the 2014 Clausura season with 21 points, but could have made the Liguilla (playoffs) had they beaten Monterrey on the final day of the regular season. Chivas
SEEDORF COULD BE REPLACED WITH INZAGHI
Reports in Italy are intensifying that Clarence Seedorf’s time as AC Milan manager could be over at the end of the season.
Milan fell, 2-0, to AS Roma last Friday and are still fighting to qualify for Europe next season. According to the Gazzetta Dello Sport, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has reportedly made up his mind that Seedorf won’t take the club forward, and Galliani is already warming up to the idea of Seedorf’s former Milan teammate Filippo Inzaghi taking over as head coach for next season.
Milan are currently just one point outside the last Europa League qualification spot but face Inter Milan, Atalanta, and Sassuolo in their final three matches of the season.
Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj will be on Belgium’s preliminary World Cup roster but still has to prove that he can make the 23-man squad for the tournament this summer. (REPORT)
Even though he’s not 100 percent fit, Gonzalo Higuain is still hoping to feature for Napoli in the Coppa Italia final this Sunday against Fiorentina. (REPORT)
Luca Toni’s stellar season with Hellas Verona has earned him a new two-year contract. (REPORT)
One section of Inter Milan’s ultras has been closed for the next two games by the sporting courts in Italy due to discriminatory chanting. (REPORT)
Former Scottish giants Rangers could go into administration for the second time in three years if they don’t make enough season-ticket revenue. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Man City and PSG paying huge fines? Do you see Chivas being able to bring in six top quality players? Do you think that Inzaghi can lead Milan back to the Serie A summit?
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