Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 14th 2014 Contents TURIN---Talks are ongoing with
nine clubs to agree sanctions for
breaking Financial Fair Play rules,
according to UEFA s top official.
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infan-
tino insisted yesterday the legal process
was "still quite well on track" to reach
settlements, 11 days after confirming
that investigations were open.
Though UEFA has not confirmed
which clubs are involved, Premier
League winner Manchester City and
French champion Paris Saint-Germain
are widely reported as the headline
"It is a process," Infantino said. "It
is normal in legal proceedings that time
is taken to analyse."
Man City and PSG reportedly face
fines of tens of millions of euros (dollars)
imposed by a UEFA investigation panel
for overspending on player transfer and
wages since 2011.
They would be the first round of
sanctions ordered in the FFP program
launched in 2009 by UEFA president
Michel Platini to curb high spending
which he likened to cheating to chase
success and said risked clubs futures.
The UEFA panel reportedly wants to
limit squad sizes and salary bills for
Man City and PSG in next season s
Champions League, requiring both to
rely more on home-trained players
instead of expensive signings.
English media reports suggest Man
City s case is the toughest to resolve
with the club s owners in Abu Dhabi
reluctant to have its reputation tar-
If UEFA and Man City fail to settle
on sanctions, a separate judging panel
will take the case and can enforce
harsher penalties. Expulsion from the
Champions League is possible, though
Rival clubs also can challenge the
announced settlements if they feel their
access to the Champions League or
Europa League was affected by a sanc-
tioned club s overspending.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
could be asked to resolve appeals before
the August 28 draw for the Champions
"We are aiming at having a clear pic-
ture on what will happen before the
start of the next competitions," Infan-
tino quipped, when asked what deadline
UEFA worked toward. "(Decisions) can-
not be communicated before they are
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UEFA 'on track' to sanction
LONDON --- Disparaging email
exchanges about women that
were leaked from the head of the
Premier League s account were
"completely unacceptable," the
British government said yester-
Pressure has been growing on
league chief executive Richard Scu-
damore despite issuing an apology
on Sunday, when a British news-
paper published parts of leaked
The Football Association said it
would not discipline one of the
English game s most powerful fig-
ures, but now Sports Minister
Helen Grant has intervened in the
"I found the content of those
emails completely unacceptable
and very disappointing, particularly
at a time when there is so much
good work and progress being
made promoting women s sport,"
said Grant, whose government role
also covers the equality brief.
"I am determined to do all I can
to help tackle all forms of discrim-
ination in sport.
"There is absolutely no place for
it and all of us working in sport
need to pull together on the issue.
There is no room for complacen-
cy."The FA said it wasn t consid-
ering acting against Scudamore
because his comments were made
in private e-mail exchanges that
were leaked by a former personal
But former Chelsea defender
Paul Elliott was told by the FA last
year that his positions with the
organization were untenable after
he used a racially offensive word
in leaked, private text messages.
TURIN---UEFA has urged Euro-
pean football leaders to follow its
guidelines for tougher action
against racial abuse at matches.
Though UEFA s executive com-
mittee did not identify Spain yes-
terday, Villarreal s only sanction
was a 12,000 euros (US$16,000)
fine from the league after a fan
threw a banana at Barcelona
defender Dani Alves last month.
UEFA says all member federa-
tions last year agreed that a first
racist incident "must be punished
by a partial stadium closure."
It also reminded that referees
can order a warning broadcast to
spectators as a first step before
halting and abandoning matches.
UEFA s statement followed
meetings of its executive commit-
tee and strategy council.
That panel includes UEFA vice
president Angel Maria Villar, the
Spain football federation president,
and Spanish league delegate Carlos
del Campo Colas.
Villarreal banned the fan, a club
employee, for life. (AP)
Sanction powers for racism must be enforced
British sports minister condemns PL head's emails
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