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Manchester City's FFP fine to be shared by other clubs

ESPN staff
September 9, 2014
Some of Manchester City's fine will be given to their biggest Premier League rivals © Getty Images

Manchester City's substantial fine for breaching UEFA's financial fair play rules will be shared out to other compliant clubs competing in the Champions League and Europa League - meaning Arsenal and Chelsea will likely benefit from the sanction.

City were fined £50 million for the FFP breaches in May, but will only have to pay around £20m pounds if they comply with the break-even rules in future seasons.

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The first set of payments from City, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg will total £20m and will be split among the Champions League and Europa League clubs who did comply with the rules last season - meaning the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will likely profit from City's breach.

A similar sum will be distributed to clubs who comply with the FFP rules in this season's European competitions.

European Clubs' Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said UEFA had agreed with their proposal that the fines should go to the other clubs, telling a news conference in Geneva: "It was an agreement between UEFA and the clubs that it was money belonging to the clubs."

The clubs will have a chance to argue any changes to FFP rules at a meeting with UEFA on October 13.

UEFA president Michel Platini said in his speech to the ECA: "The framework for financial fair play must be dynamic, it must evolve constantly, which is why I have convened an important round-table [discussion] on the subject with your representatives at UEFA headquarters on October13.

"We will see whether any imperfections can be ironed out and whether there is room to further improve the system."

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