The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found against Uefa and in favour of Manchester City in their Financial Fair Play (FFP) case, head last month. CAS found that Manchester City broke FFP rules by failing to cooperate with Uefa and were fined 10m euro, with no ban from European competitions.
Manchester City successfully argued that the more serious charged against them occurred either more than five years ago, and were therefore time-barred, or were not conclusively established.
This is a serious blow for Uefa who must now consider how robust their FFP regulations are when a case of this magnitude can be set aside by CAS. If the Association does not have the tools to enforce FFP rules within a five-year period, wither the rules need to go or monitoring tools need to be significantly enhanced. Otherwise, clubs who follow the rules. like Celtic, are competitively penalised.
Get rid of any notions of corruption behind this decision. It went against Uefa, they did not fold, the three arbiters at CAS were not bribed either. This is purely about how difficult it is to prosecute complex cases. These rules are relatively new and have never before been tested like this. Time to redouble efforts.
Happy Birthday, Oldtim, 81 today! Dave was a young 65 when he chose the name ‘Oldtim’, which as we are all getting older now seems quite funny.