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. What is the Stars on

    Watching this game really makes you feel for the likes of Iran Peru and Morocco as any of them would have won this group

  2. Sitting here with the TV switched off. First evening game i haven’t watched so far, apart from Saturday night when i was watching something far more entertaining.


    Sick of the English propaganda on the TV just now, so much so that I couldn’t care less if they win or lose tonight, because if not tonight, it’ll be the last 16, or the last 8, or the last 4, but they’ll lose. They’re not good enough to win it, which seems to have escaped every commentator or summariser I’ve had to endure so far.

  3. jinkyredstar on

    Kev j


    Fair point re the rules


    You are old enough to remember when Celtic – Sir Bob Kelly to be precise- blootered the toss of the coin.


    Buried in the sands of time is that he suggested that a tie break should be based on number of corners – at least an indication of favouring attacking football and a darne (Glen Daly style) sight better than manufactured yellow cards

  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    What a grumpy Aiberdonian auld baldy bxxxxxr you are. Give my love and a big X to the lovely D. X

  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    Dedryck learning fae Kompany in Russia is to our benefit at Celtic.

  6. Good evening, friends and Happy Aberdour Eve.


    Pure roasting so it is. Magners failing to have the desired effect.

  7. Delaneys,


    Been called a lot worse ???


    Mrs BB has had to sit down since she discovered I wouldn’t be watching football today OR tomorrow. ?


    Other than that, she’s fine, and says “Hi” !


    She’s banned from sending kisses to baldy weegies, so that’ll have to do ye ?



    Hope you’re well, and not working too hard ?

  8. FEK!!! These English commentators …big book of excuses when their mob getting beat.

  9. Any team who can leave Mousa Dembele out of their first eleven must have a chance of going all the way and winning this WC. Guy is a class act, totally ran the midfield tonight. Far better player than Witsel who normally starts. Big Fellaini also had a good game, bullied them. And that centre half, Dedryck Baresi looks a player, who does he play for?

  10. I thought Boyata had a very good game, albeit he got skinned by Rashford once. Didn’t like the look of the guy playing right side of their defence, Dendon… something.

  11. Just went on to the bbc website and gave big Dedryck a 10. Just because.



    Missed the game. Still at Stirling I’m my 4.5 hour commute home from Edinburgh cos of the hot tracks!!

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Big D played well there. Vardy didnae get a sniff.


    Mon the weegie baldies!

  13. jamesgang on 28th June 2018 8:57 pm



    o dear , that’s a days work on top of a days work



    don’t envy you on a train in this weather





  14. Dena



    I kinda just switch off and deal with it.


    Easiest when you’re on your own. J would have killed someone!!



    HH ?

  15. Delaneys Dunky on




    I canny listen to them.


    Telly sound down. Pink Floyd The Division Bell on.


    Magic album fae middle Englandshire band.

  16. No wonder Gary Neville got sacked so quickly at Valencia.



    His analysis of the Janusasz goal was that “The keeper’s feet were off the ground when he was jumping”. Bizarre statement.



    Anyway that’s the last time I support them – the one game I did, because I misunderstood who they would play if they lost, and they let me down.

  17. Jamesgang,


    Funny, they don’t have the same problems in Dubai…..


    You have my sympathy.



    Well done Big Dedryck and The Baldy Weegies. Nae as good as the Foo Fighters, but c’est la vie, as they say in some parts of Belgium. Apparently. ?

  18. Pearse Morgan vs Danny Dyer and Jeremy Corbyn


    ITV 21:15 pm.


    Jist saying like. HH





  19. GARY67 on 28TH JUNE 2018 8:50 PM



    Dembele has a long-standing injury that means his training and game time has to be carefully managed.

  20. GENE on 28TH JUNE 2018 9:00 PM



    Neville made a pretty good point though, the island monkeys won’t get a better chance of getting to the semis

  21. Delaneys Dunky on




    Gary Neville does ma nut in. Wee nasally voice guy. His lack of basic fitba knowledge astounds me. Strange wan

  22. Kev J , Gene and Jinkyredstar



    Can I assume that you guys were equally sanguine when Tony Mowbray’s Hibs did the same thing in May 2005 when Gary Ca;dwell scored an o.g. from a Nacho Novo effort.



    I am sure that the comments on the contemporaneous CQN blog after the match will back that up :-)

  23. Neville has good tactical insights but he’s too emotional which makes him unbalanced and irrational.