Bosman Lawyer Battling Financial Fair Play (FFP)

The man who changed football forever says UEFA’s Financial Fair Play system is illegal. Instead, he tells Richard Edwards, if teams like Chelsea and Monaco want to overspend, make them put the money up front – and charge them a 10% luxury tax…

“We’re challenging one rule, which is the break-even rule,” he says. “This says that the owner of the club can’t overspend even if it is with his own money. This is not in line with EU law.”

The ‘break-even’ rule is perhaps the most fundamental element of FFP, but in the complaint filed with the European Commission in May 2013, Dupont outlines the impact it could have on almost every part of the game.

“The break-even rule prevents football clubs from freely determining their level of expenses, since it imposes a ceiling on their deficit, a limit to their investment, even if such deficit/investment is entirely covered by the owners. In particular, the clubs are limited in their freedom to hire players, since the break-even rule confines the amount of transfer fee and salaries clubs can offer.”

Above are just a few snippets of the overall argument Jean-Louis Dupont is making in order to change the rules of Financial Fair Play. I highly suggest you click the article sourced below to read the argument in its entirety. Essentially what Dupont is saying is the FFP rules are illegal because it doesn’t allow football owners to do what owners of other entities within the EU economy are capable of doing. Clubs owners should be allowed to invest their own money on new players and infrastructure as long as the club isn’t shouldering the burden. If the club owners are shouldering the debt then it should not affect the clubs standing because the club owners are choosing to invest their own hard-earned money. Deadspin explained the problem with the current FFP rules very eloquently by illustrating how the current rules don’t protect the small clubs. Instead, the current FFP rules maintain the status quo by entrenching the big clubs and preventing smaller clubs from using their owner’s resources to challenge the bigger clubs. From the sounds of Dupont and many other financial analysts argument FFP is highly flawed and although it was created to even the playing field it is not achieving the desired effect. It will be interesting to see how this plays out because FFP only recently came to prominence and if it is flawed then it would be for the good of the game if it is repealed and fixed to better achieve its original goals.



Jérémy Ménez Scores A Street Scoccer-Esque Goal During Serie A match

Look at the cojones on this guy. How do you even think to do that in this situation? Maybe the Serie A isn’t as boring as I once thought.

Top College Football Recruit Picks Soccer Over Football

This kid will finally be able to put to test the argument that one of our writers wrote extensively about called Debunking the Myth of ‘If Our Best Athletes Played Soccer, We (They) Would Dominate”. There is not a lot of money in American soccer right now. That is not to say that you cannot earn a great living as an American soccer player. However, the odds are not in an athlete’s favor. Currently NFL Practice Squad players make $6,300 per week (which is around $100,000 for 17 weeks of a season). There are players on MLS rosters who are making the league minimum salary of $35,125 which means being “on the bench” in the NFL (practice squad players don’t even travel with the team) is more lucrative then being on the bench in MLS. Of course there is opportunity for larger wages if you are a DP in MLS or play in Europe but that is hard to do.

Therefore, if a young athlete were to compare the two sports, he would have better odds at making a good living trying to make it to the NFL. Which makes this move perplexing because from the sound of his football talent he has the potential to make an NFL practice squad at the very least. It would be interesting to note what made him choose soccer over football. Was it the increased popularity of the sport over the years? Or was it the many lifetime injury concerns that come with being a professional football player? We may never know. It would be great news for US soccer if this started to happen with much more frequency because not only would it increase the US soccer talent pool but it would finally be able to help us answer the argument that “If our best athletes played soccer then we would be dominant.” Hopefully this is just the beginning of a monumental shift in US sports. Only time will tell.


Friday Links- Official FIFA 15 Trailer, Problems With Chelsea’s Loan Policy, Don Garber Signs 5 Year Extension + More

Brasil vs. Argentina Futsal Match Hosted At World Cup 2014 Stadium

Soccer’s Faulty New Money Rule Hurts The Clubs It Was Meant To Protect

End Of Summer Sale At US Soccer Store

FIFA 15 – Official TV Commercial

With Chelsea Having 26 players Out On Loan, Is It Time To Change The Rules?

MLS Commissioner Don Garber Signs Five-Year Extension Through 2018