Financial Fair Play takes first big scalp


In the European football aristocracy guide, few sit higher than Milan, even though performances in recent seasons are well down on their historical standards.  After giving new manager, Rino Gattuson, around €200m to spend last season, they qualified for this season’s Europa League group stage.

But therein lies the problem: you cannot just throw money at football these days and hope to pass Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.  Europe’s governing body yesterday banned Milan from European football for one year as a consequence.

The club indicated they would appeal, noting that new Chinese owners invested €88m in capital “not loans” and were on a firm financial footing.  This is true, but that one-off splurge on bling for our old pal Rino pushed them outside of the scope of FFP; the ban has been in the post for a year.

For Milan, this is humiliating and will cost them north of €10m, but it sends out an important signal to all.  Financial Fair Play has taken its first big scalp.

Stiliyan Petrov match worn Champions League shirt raffle

We have a very special raffle, running until tomorrow. The shirt Stiliyan Petrov wore in Celtic’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich during our 2003 Champions League campaign is available. You can buy a ticket for £1 here on ebay.  Stan signed the shirt.

All proceeds go to the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation to aid research into leukaemia and cancer treatments.  Stiliyan’s recover from leukaemia shows us just how far treatments have come, but as our own CQN community knows too well, more progress is needed.  The draw will be made at Woodside Hotel, Aberdour, where our CQN Open Golf Day evening events take place.

It will cost you £1, or £50 if you want 50, and you might win a great memento.

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  1. GSTQ dirge beeing belted out!



    Horrible melody and even worse lyrics!



    C-mon Belgium!




  2. C;mon Belguim




    Hope Boyata does score Bada Bing would be a nice earner for you (if you took up the bet)





  3. Lots of talk about transfers in and the need to get better. We have moved on a few players and he still have a good few players that should be moved on.



    Add to the squad if the correct player(s) become available, dont waste money on the next gamboa, ddv etc..



    Only Morgan has to adapt to our training and system(s). That is good for us, bling not so much.




  4. Bloody Ayrshire! Hottest day of the year, let’s get out of Lanarkshire and head for the beach!



    Troon, 30p furra pish at the South Beach toilets! When did that happen?



    Nae change, none given inhe bogs either, but library across the road. Big sign at the entrance “Toilets for Library members only,” ignored.



    Suitably relieved, when wee wummin’ at the desk says, “Excuse me, are you a library member?”



    “Aye, Hamilton Library”.



    Nonplussed might be the best description for her!

  5. I suppose it must be logistics that stop a new draw after the group stages, as this “losing would be better” scenario is just wrong.



    Not SFA / SPFL wrong, but wrong all the same.

  6. beatbhoy on 28th June 2018 7:16 pm



    And the way this afternoons game ended was nothing short of farcical as well








    “England have been the free kick specialist”



    Panama and Tunisia




    I really hope Belgium have their kicking in boots on tonight






  8. jinkyredstar on

    Am I right in thinking that the easier route through goes to tonight’s losers?

  9. jinkyredstar on

    Beat Bhoy


    Thought that – a bit like Wimbledon- there is an ‘easier’ route and tonight’s losers are on it.


    Oh for an unseeded knock out – maybe once every seven years


    Hail hail jrs

  10. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    hoof it up to some quick forwards and try and get a goal from a set piece can’t get you far against quality

  11. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Twist n Turns 7.18om



    All the very best, you won’t recognise Scotland bathing in this sunshine :-)



    Big guy in the Belgian defence looks a player

  12. Is it compulsory to have a triple barrelled name to play for merry ole Hingerland ?,used to belong to chinless aristocracy .


    Del- Bhoy Trotter Esq. Peckham c.s.c

  13. Do football players get paid all that money to smack the ball fifty feet over the net when taking a shot at goal? The number of times!

  14. You can skip the pundits at the end of the game



    whoever ends up top of the group it will be ‘it’s all about momentum’ – second place ‘ it looks like the easier route’

  15. jinkyredstar on

    If this fiasco goes on – expect a blatant attempt at yellows from Belgium in the last moments


    No doubt both of these teams want to finish 2nd

  16. The excitement of the game is inversely proportional to the number of mexican waves




  17. Jinkyredstar



    Difference at Wimbers is you can’t play to lose, or draw (obviously), to get the easier route, in this competition you can!



    Would be great if tannoy announced “Open draw tomorrow!”, we’ve had it with this shit!

  18. beatbhoy on 28th June 2018 7:30 pm



    Disgrace alright,



    respect costs nothing




  19. Why spend for the sake of spending?


    We had £31m in the bank at the end of December.


    Why have money in the bank when you can spend it on the team?


    I think this team can be improved.

  20. Beatbhoy


    The predetermined draw allows for games to be spread out – the last group game is today and first round of 16 is saturday. This couldn’t happen with open draw

  21. Delaneys Dunky on



    That Belgium number 20 looks a great double treble winning centre half wi bags of confidence. Great to watch Bhoyatta

  22. So, the rules should be reconstructed to punish Japan, who were playing within the rules ?


    The folk that type that stuff would be better served if they’d stop looking in the mirror whilst they type, imho.


    Anywye, there is nothing wrong with any of Celtic’s ch’s, imho.


    What is wrong, imho, is that, in Europe, Brendan shows a lack of savvy by what seems to be be his resistance to construct a midfield “sheild” in front of the back 4.


    The home game vs Zenit, the tactics were perfect, even elevating the previous, “Invisible man – Callum McGregor” my new favorite player, to man of the match status. √


    So, did Brendan stumble across the home leg formula / tactics vs Zenit ?


    If he didn’t, then why the RD like performance in the 2nd leg vs Zenit ?


    So, midfield sheild, and then the defence and gk should be more secure, imho.


    Anywye,…….WEEBAWBABITTY, yer anything but a dunce, Amigo ; HH.





  23. What is the Stars on

    Eamon Dunphy on Rte at half time….”Its like watching a game between 2 poor mid table teams in the premiership “….(the premiership being of course The English one)

  24. Kevj is right regarding Japan – the rules are known before the competition starts – I know it’s strange to see rules applied – maybe someone should tell the SFA

  25. i'vehadtochangemymind on









    natural aptitude or skill.


    “he possesses more talent than any other player”


    synonyms: flair, aptitude, facility, gift, knack, technique, touch, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, power, faculty; More




    a former weight and unit of currency, used especially by the ancient Romans and Greeks.


    “a mighty steed bought from a Thessalian merchant for thirteen talents”