UEFA 'on track' to sanction overspending clubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 11:50 am •  Published: May 13, 2014
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TURIN, Italy (AP) — Talks are ongoing with nine clubs to agree sanctions for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, according to UEFA's top official.

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino insisted on Tuesday the legal process was "still quite well on track" to reach settlements, 11 days after confirming that investigations were open.

Though UEFA has not confirmed which clubs are involved, Premier League winner Manchester City and French champion Paris Saint-Germain are widely reported as the headline cases.

"It is a process," Infantino told reporters. "It is normal in legal proceedings that time is taken to analyze."

Man City and PSG reportedly face fines of tens of millions of euros (dollars) imposed by a UEFA investigation panel for overspending on player transfer and wages since 2011.

They would be the first round of sanctions ordered in the FFP program launched in 2009 by UEFA President Michel Platini to curb high spending which he likened to cheating to chase success and said risked clubs' futures.

The UEFA panel reportedly wants to limit squad sizes and salary bills for Man City and PSG in next season's Champions League, requiring both to rely more on home-trained players instead of expensive signings.

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