By Tony Attwood
I’m not always willing to admit when I get it wrong. Sometimes I prefer to hide under the sofa for a few months and hope no one notices. But today, well, today is different. If I have got this one wrong I shall be shocked, amazed, amused, annoyed and extremely happy, all at the same time.
This will of course require my having treatment from Dr Billy “the Dog” McGraw but before he comes to take me away, consider this…
Dynamo Moscow have been totally banned from next season’s Europa League for “breaking Articles 58 to 63 of the Uefa club licensing and financial fair play regulations”, according a Uefa statement. They had qualified for coming fourth in the Russian League.
They have been banned from European competition for one season.
There have been no financial sanctions, there is no transfer embargo and no restriction on playing in the forthcoming season’s Uefa Youth League.
It seems that Dynamo knew this was coming, and so in the last transfer window didn’t sign anyone. On the other hand the owner said he might appeal. But they all say that.
Although I am sure the Premier League will not even pause in their jog towards world domination, somewhere inside the League there are people who have a certain sense of morality, and who will be reminded that the PL once promised to bring in its own FFP a year ago. It has been dropped, and of course the media who bend the knee to the rich and powerful have said nothing more of it.
Thus the punishment that so outraged Man City and their supporters, who endlessly called Untold every name under the sun when we suggested they were going to be brought to book, and told us we didn’t understand a single word of the regulations, and how they were going to be overthrown by the CAS and the EC and some guy’s granny who was going to Nyon to some Uefa out, might find they’ve got it wrong once again.
When the whatnot hit the fan, Man C and PSG had their squad numbers reduced. Meanwhile Internazionale, Monaco and Roma agreed to pay fines and reduce the size of their squads without making the fuss Man C and its fans made.
But then Michel Platini said in May this year that FFP could be “eased”. Now we still don’t know 100% what that means – although there is now a clear suggestion that the rules will be eased for clubs with new owners only. Hopefully they will include legislation to ensure that if Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan sells Man C to his children Zayed, Fatma, Mohammed, Hamdan and Lateefa that won’t count as “new owners”. But with Man C and Uefa you never know.