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SBD Global/October 11, 2012/International Football

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli Questions UEFA's Financial Fair Play

Juventus FC President Andrea Agnelli questions UEFA's willingness to ban clubs.
Italian Serie A Juventus President Andrea Agnelli "questioned UEFA's willingness to ban big-spending clubs from the Champions League if they breach its Financial Fair Play regulations," according to Rob Harris of the AP. Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference, Agnelli highlighted that throwing a major club out of the Champions League "would risk antagonizing the broadcasters," which have bought their rights from UEFA. Agnelli said, "Even if you have FFP, are [UEFA] going to ban three teams from participating in the UCL? Who will go to say to the broadcasters we (UEFA) haven't got the three teams playing? Is there going to be a correction in the overall value of the TV rights?" He added, "We, as Juventus, are working with FFP in mind. I am curious to see who is working with FFP in mind -- really. And once the FFP rules come into effect, I am curious as how effective that will be and how the actual punishments will be distributed in case someone breaches financial fair play" (AP, 10/10). SPOX.com wrote that the goal of UEFA's FFP is to make sure club's "do not become highly indebted anymore." UEFA will start auditing clubs' balances in '13 (SPOX.com, 10/10).
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