PSG escape UEFA sanctions but remain under scrutiny

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain have avoided financial fair play (FFP) sanctions for 2015, 2016 and 2017 but UEFA wants the French champions to raise millions by the end of the month or face future punishment.

It added that PSG's break-even result "remains within acceptable deviation" for the financial years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A statement released by UEFA read: "The CFCB (Club Financial Control Body) chose to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain".

That had led to fears the Qatari-owned club may breach FFP rules but UEFA has confirmed it has closed the investigation and that the club's transfers from that period "were in line with the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations".

In addition, UEFA said they had to revise the value of a number of PSG's commerical deals, with companies such as Qatar National Bank, Ooredoo, BeIN Sports, Qatar Tourism Authority and Aspetar said to be paying above the market rate.

The contracts were reported to be worth in the region of €200m (£176m/$236m), helping to cover the shortfall left by Neymar's world-record move from Barcelona in August.

UEFA opened an investigation into PSG's compliance with FFP rules at the start of this season, just weeks after they completed deals to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"The financial impact of transfer activities as from the 2017 summer - up to and including the upcoming transfer window - and compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial year will remain under close scrutiny and will be thoroughly looked at in the coming weeks", Uefa said in statement.

This is because of Uefa's Financial FFP "break-even" rules, introduced in 2013, which requires clubs to balance their spending and revenue.

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