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  • More financial doping (after Saracens) and the book thrown at them.
  • Give it time. Chelsea's transfer embargo ended earlier than it should have.
  • This is rife in sport now sadly, it's all about the money
  • There’s a real danger the same may happen to us with the millions that our owners are ploughing into the club !
  • At least rugby have the balls to dock points. The top of the Champ has looked dodge for ages. I'm not a finacial expert but Wolves, Leicester, Bournemouth been criticised but it worked as they are in the money pit. Forest next?
  • Time FIFA were asked to look at last season's FA Cup robbery!
  • @northernswan2

    The same FIFA that took long enough to introduce goal line technology. 

    When pigs fly I suppose.
  • The way to circumnavigate the system is, lets say a club like Forest will earn £90m over 3 years, the rules state that you can spend that £90m in one year though the sensible thing to do would be to spend £30m per year, clubs are taking a punt, when that doesn't work (Derby, for instance), clubs are selling their stadium for inflated prices to owners who are desperate to pump money in.
    Man City had £500m for stadium naming rights from Ethiad, this is way way way over market value, they have probably tried to find other loopholes too but have been caught out. I'm sure they will appeal and probably win so Citeh may still be in the champions league next year?
  • I fully expect that FiFA will make a compromise and that the two year ban will be reduced to 1 year.
    The following is an interesting read.
  • FFP is a smokescreen for incompetently run super clubs to suppress competition while they're still in a mess. 

    Milan, or Manchester United, for example.

    By tying it arbitrarily to revenue, they are basically ensuring that no new Chelseas or Man Citys or PSGs will ever happen in future. 

    They don't like being caught out for their own incompetence. It's a protection racket for the Uber clubs, that's all it is. 

    Manchester United are hundreds of millions of pounds in debt. City don't have a penny of debt. Yet it's City who get punished. It's a joke. 
  • I dont have a problem per se of Citeh ploughing millions, even billions into their club to reach the scale of an United. Because there's no way you can do that organically, through natural progression.

    but, and here's the real issues:

    1. Fit and proper person test. Who is the owner of these clubs? Where does their money come from? What is their background, especially on things like corruption, human rights, criminal activity. 
    2. They cannot be saddling the club with huge debts which can never be repaid, and so if these owners want to bail, they become financial basket cases or worse. e.g. Bury. If they plough the money in, then they need to do it by bonding the cash, so it is ring-fenced and debt is the responsibility of the owner, not the club. 

  • Mancunians of the blue variety will tell you that the owners are ploughing huge money into the redevelopment of east Manchester
    The Council up there loves them
    And they are expecting payback it's not all whitewashing their human rights record
  • Mancunians of the blue variety will tell you that the owners are ploughing huge money into the redevelopment of east Manchester
    The Council up there loves them
    And they are expecting payback it's not all whitewashing their human rights record
    Exactly what I was going to say (only more succinct), City are trying to become a worldwide club and that's why they have been trying to spread the Manchester City word. Should Swansea be doing a Man City lite in building its fanbase?

    First stop, naturally, is Manchester where the amazing and uplifting City story began more than 130 years ago as a local church side and grew into a world famous club that has won the Premier League title two years in the last four. Will chats to fans for whom a trip to the Etihad Stadium is a pilgrimage and for whom City are a way of life.

    Abu Dhabi
    From Manchester it is on to Abu Dhabi, the home of Etihad and the Club’s owners. Will discovers how football fans - both local and from further afield - have been brought together by their shared their passion for City and investigates how their love transcends physical and cultural borders.

    New York
    After Abu Dhabi Will travels to the huge contrast of the Big Apple to see how fans living in the world’s most iconic and famous city have embraced soccer and in particular Manchester City’s sister club. New York City FC. The MLS new boys made a big splash when they joined the league this season and Will trades stories with their most passionate followers.

    From the hustle and bustle of New York it is on to the more sedate environs of Melbourne, Australia's capital of sport. Will drinks in the style and culture of the city whilst under-going a crash course in A-League fan culture. It is one of the fastest-growing domestic competitions in the world and right at its hub is another member of the City family - Melbourne City Football Club.

    Finally on the last leg of the journey there is another culture change as Will jets into Jakarta for a voyage of discovery amongst Indonesia’s football-crazy followers. He will meet some of the most fervent football fans on the planet, where the Premier League occupies prime position on every TV screen and Manchester City has an unrivalled fan base.

    This year we start our journey in Mumbai, where we meet a new breed of City fans, buoyed by football’s status as India’s fastest growing sport. From the beaches to the parks we witness the worldwide appeal of the beautiful game and are introduced to the country’s most avid Blues. We experience match days in Mumbai and see how the euphoria of victory and the pain of defeat extends far beyond the Club’s Manchester home.

    From Mumbai we travel to Seoul, where City are making quite an impact.Whether it’s David Silva's childbirth assist, rap stars immortalising Sergio Aguero in ink, or a sky blue wedding photo; City’s Korean contingent have certainly embraced the Club’s rise.

    Next stop on our journey is Johannesburg, where MCFC’s Grassroots Soccer Cityzens Giving project is connecting with the next generation of South African footballers. From English ex-pats raised in the shadow of Maine Road to Jo’Burg natives who fell in love with the City sides of the 1970s, we meet a host of fans well versed in the Club’s past as they are its present. All with their own unique stories we find out how they came to follow the sky blues.

    Los Angeles
    To California next and with it, the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. In the creative capital of the world everyone's got a story to tell and the Angelinos who've taken Manchester City to their heart are no different. We witness the Club's global fan power at one of the biggest games in the calendar- the Manchester derby- as the Moss Side lad turned NFL star joins LA's time difference battling Blues to cheer on their beloved City.
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