Thursday 27 February 2014

Financial fair play rules under threat

In his recent video interview Charlton owner Roland Duchâtelet said that he was a strong backer of financial fair play rules. Charlton's future strategy is in part based on having a more level playing field (and I am not just referring to the pitch) in the future. However, these rules are clearly a threat to some clubs and David Conn in The Guradian has revealed that some unnamed clubs are threatening a legal challenge to the rules. Here is his article: Fair play

This does not surprise me as the stakes are high for the clubs concerned. I have always thought that both the Uefa rules and those at a domestic level were susceptible to a legal challenge, in part because I saw a conflict with competition law. Certainly sports lawyers think that some very complex issues are raised. The Football League has, however, said that it will vigorously defend any legal challenge. Ultimately, of course, it is a matter for the courts to decide.

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