Wenger wants strong penalties for FFP offenders

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 7:59 am •  Published: May 2, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger will feel "let down" if UEFA does not take a strong stance against clubs found guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

UEFA will announce the first sanctions this month and more serious cases will be judged in June. A UEFA panel has negotiated settlements with clubs which have breached rules designed to curb owners' excessive spending on transfers and wages since 2011.

"One of the rules is that normally you should be banned for the excess of the financial amount that is not justified, that is if you are 100 million pounds ($169 million) overboard, you should be punished for 100 million of your wages bill in the Champions League," the Arsenal manager said during a pre-match news conference on Friday.

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.

Wenger said it's in UEFA's interest to send a strong message when the first sanctions are issued in order to convince clubs to take its scheme seriously.

"I want to see that respected. If that is not respected, then the Financial Fair Play will have problems to be respected in the future because everyone will just not consider it at all," Wenger said.