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UEFA’s FFP Changes Are A Joke, But Celtic Fans Know They Always Were.

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A story broke yesterday that, in the circumstances of the Ibrox melt-down, almost got away from me. UEFA has started to roll out its changes to Financial Fair Play, and frankly they are joke and, to be blunt, even a disgrace.

They are now focussed on wages rather than spending. Clubs can spend what they like, as long as their salary isn’t 70% of their income.

These changes are pure pandering to the super clubs and leave the entire structure of FFP essentially shredded. The governing bodies have rolled over and replaced a set-up which barely functioned with one that won’t function at all.

It is gutless beyond belief, and it could impact on our club at some point because we have, on occasion, strayed over the 70% of income mark. To be honest though, I’m not in the least bit concerned by that prospect.

Everyone in football should be concerned at the way in which the FFP regulations, which many clubs adopted on their own and which leagues all across Europe imposed on their clubs, has been broken down so utterly. The game might as well be lawless.

Let us be honest though; as far as our doorstep goes, the rules which existed were a farce anyway, and you only had to look across the city to understand it. Our league was one of the few in Europe which didn’t implement domestic FFP and European compliance was monitored by our own governing body.

As such, Ibrox was allowed to drive over them with a tank. Either the SFA was reporting absolute nonsense to UEFA or UEFA itself interprets the results in ways that bear no relationship to what we were led to expect.

When a Scottish club can find ways to make a mockery of the regulations there was no way that the bigger clubs would be living in fear of them. On the few occasions when major clubs were sanctioned they appealed and they challenge the rules at every turn.

The framework needed tearing down, but the one that is being built instead of it is even more ridiculous and ineffectual. The irony is that Ibrox has frequently been above the 70% of income line (I think, in fact, that they are right now) and thus might even have had more to fear from these rules, except that there is enough wiggle room in the rules to let them ignore those too.

Financial Fair Play existed to ensure sporting integrity.

But it also existed to protect clubs from themselves. These new regulations don’t come close to doing that, they are a recipe for disaster and will only let teams spend their way to the point of collapse.

Now you can run up debts as high as you like and the only concern UEFA will have is if your income to wage ratio is within the rules. It is preposterous. If the Ibrox board wasn’t already backing away from high-spending they could do what they liked.

UEFA really doesn’t work any better than the SFA.

Football is incapable of looking out for itself. A handful of clubs drives the agenda, and there’s no sign that anyone in the governing body has the stomach for a fight to change that.

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  • Scud Missile says:

    Look once again what’s the big fuss it’s a rigged game,football matches are being played which are FAKE be that in our league or anywhere else.

  • James says:

    Question…..If your declaring losses in the multi millions each year are you not paying over the percentage of income no matter what your paying ??

  • REBELLIOUS says:

    UEFA making the sfa look as though they know what they’re doing…
    That is no easy task.
    We thought we were hard done by the sfa, now UEFA are making them look competent.
    Cannae get a break at all…

    • Brian says:

      You’re not telling us anything we don’t already know. UEFA knew the huns went bust, allowed our governing body to lie to them, never investigated them, and allowed the continuation myth. Football ball is corrupt top to bottom and our club sat back and allowed it.

  • Seppington says:

    Rangers always thought that FFP stood for “F**k Financial Prudence”, and Sevco wouldn’t be much of a tribute act if they didn’t copy the original…

  • john clarke says:
    All the Bishops of the world will read a prayer written by Pope Francis Friday 25.3,2022 to consecrate Russia and Ukraine into the hands of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    Archbishop William Nolan will read the Consecration Prayer at The Cathedral.
    Bishop John at St, Francis of Assisi Church Glasgow Port will read the Prayer as well.
    St Francis of Assisi – Port Glasgow. Read in Facebook.
    ????? ?? ????? ??:?? ??? ·
    Bishop John Keenan ?? ?????
    Our Papal Nuncio has confirmed to us this morning that he has been advised that all bishops and priests throughout the world are being requested, if possible, to recite the prayer of consecration of Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with their faithful, simultaneously with the Holy Father next Friday at 4.00pm (5.00pm CET).

    Bishop John invites the faithful to join him in the prayer of consecration in St. Mirin’s Cathedral at 4.00pm next Friday. The World is desperate for Peace.

    If you wish, pray that Celtic FC have an injury free and successful run to the conclusion of the season. Sorry for hijacking James’ blog.

  • john clarke says:

    Messed up the message. It must be only at the Cathedral, George Square.

  • Bob (original) says:

    Just another pathetic PR ploy from UEFA.

    “Financial Fair Play” in a sport run by dodgy UEFA & national officials: aye very good.

    Just as flimsy as UEFA’s claim of “no politics in football”… 🙁

    [Can CFC now apply for a refund of the fine for supporters having Palestinian flags?!]

  • Peter Cassidy says:

    Uefa a corrupt mob ffp is and has been a joke clubs regarding wage cap of 70% clubs can give players perks fit out their homes cars holidays special bonuses paid in share options player trusts in Panama etc football is corrupt has been for years so no change all words its all bullshit money rules now all the football bodies in all countries all corrupt managers coaches getting bungs rotten system and we the fans pay for it all madness.

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