UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football from becoming one of the top leagues in the world over the last few years.
Monaco and Paris St Germain have incredible wealth at their disposal, but they have been limited by the UEFA rules that prevent them from making losses over a certain limit. PSG were already found guilty of not complying with the last monitoring period. This other club restricted severely in terms of spending limits in the last transfer window. Despite this, manager Laurent Blanc managed to lead the club to a historic treble.
After the Coupe de France final victory over Auxerre, Blanc stated that he was hoping for much more flexibility from UEFA. UEFA president Michel Platini recently stated that the European body would be reducing the FFP regulations in the hope of levelling the playing field. The presence of this regulation has prevented new clubs from entering into the elite world. UEFA has had a number of cases registered on this account, as it appears to benefit the already wealthy clubs. The only title that PSG failed to lift last season was the Champions League. Even then, Blanc reckons that the French outfit are already a big club and will win the European title in the short term.
“The financial fair play bothers us in what we want to do. I hope it will soon be moderated to allow us to do what we want. Many believe that Paris will not be a big club until it has won the Champions League. For me that is wrong – PSG is already a big club. And one day it will win,” said the PSG manager. Blanc was very close to being sacked just before the Champions League last 16 match against Chelsea, but he has managed a quite impressive turnaround.