UEFA fines PSG €10m for FFP overspending

Paris Saint-Germain must pay €10 million ($10 million) for breaking UEFA financial rules, with seven other clubs also punished for overspending since 2018.

UEFA said its club finance investigators ordered prize money from European competitions totaling €26m ($26.1 million) to be withheld from the eight clubs sanctioned under Financial Fair Play rules.

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A further €146m ($146.4m) in total punishments could be imposed if the clubs fail to meet financial targets in the next three to four years they have agreed to in settlement deals, UEFA said.

PSG will have the biggest amount deducted with a group of Italian clubs next in line: AS Roma must forfeit prize money of €5m ($5m), Inter Milan €4m ($4m), Juventus €3.5m ($3.5m) and AC Milan €2m ($2m).

The other deductions imposed were €600,000 from Besiktas and €300,000 each from Marseille and AS Monaco.

The sanctions covering the financial years from 2018-22 — including two seasons when club revenue was severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic — should be the last major round of cases under the FFP rules that UEFA announced in April will now be modified.

UEFA launched FFP a decade ago to monitor the revenue and spending of clubs that qualify to play in its club competitions to ensure they approach break-even on their football-related business.

Clubs were allowed unlimited spending on stadium and youth development projects.

Qatar-backed PSG had to pay UEFA €20m ($20m) in 2014, when Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City had to pay the same amount, in the first round of FFP cases.

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