Threat to Financial Fair Play

We have argued for some time that the financial fair play schemes at both Uefa and domestic competition levels are based on shaky legal foundations and were open to challenge in the courts. Sports lawyers like Daniel Geey have drawn attention to how complex the rules are and open to different interpretations which of themselves give grounds for a challenge.

We have argued for some time that the financial fair play schemes at both Uefa and domestic competition levels are based on shaky legal foundations and were open to challenge in the courts. Sports lawyers like Daniel Geey have drawn attention to how complex the rules are and open to different interpretations which of themselves give grounds for a challenge.

Writing in The Guardian, David Conn has warned that unnamed Championship clubs (one can guess who they might be) are threatening legal action against the new financial fair play scheme.   The stakes are too high for them to pass up on the chance of a successful legal challenge, although no doubt there is also an element of bluff.  The Football League has said that it will vigorously defend its position.

This will be a blow for clubs who were hoping that financial fair play would give a more level playing field to the advantage of those spending prudently.   New Charlton owner Roland Duch√Ętelet has recently voiced his faith in the financial fair play system and the way in which would allow a club to build on solid foundations.