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Platini: No Champs League bans in 1st FFP cases

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 5:51 am •  Published: April 24, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Clubs won't be excluded from next season's Champions League for breaking "Financial Fair Play" rules, according to UEFA President Michel Platini

"There will be some tough things ... but if you're expecting blood and tears, you'll be disappointed," Platini told French daily Le Parisien in an interview published Thursday.

UEFA will announce the first sanctions in early-May, and more serious cases will be judged in June.

A UEFA panel is currently negotiating settlements with clubs which have breached rules designed to curb huge investments by owners and excessive spending on transfers and wages since 2011.

UEFA said in February it targeted 76 clubs which played in the Champions League or Europa League.

Speculation centered on big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, which are owned by the ruling families of Qatar and Abu Dhabi, respectively.

Platini said he was "not sure" if Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain's "innovative" sponsorship deal with Qatar Tourism Authority played by the rules.

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