CAS braces for flurry of Financial Fair Play cases

Financial Fair Play, introduced by UEFA with the agreement of clubs, is designed to rein in excessive spending on players and to reduce losses, with the threat of sanctions for non-compliance including exclusion from European competition.

updated: August 31, 2013 09:42 IST
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Lausanne: The Court of Arbitration for Sport is bracing for a flurry of cases related to UEFA rules that aim to curb debt in Europe's football leagues by clamping down on big spending, its head said on Friday.

"We've already had cases concerning clubs that had overdue payments or debts, who did not pay a debt on time," Matthieu Reeb, secretary general of the CAS, told reporters, citing Spanish side Malaga, plus Turkey's Bursaspor and Besiktas.

"So these are coming slowly, but they are coming. And the most difficult cases will be when we have to look at disputes over the 'break-even' rule, where the budget must be respected," said Reeb, who oversees operations at the sporting world's supreme court.

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