Arsene Wenger says that clubs who break FFP rules should be properly punished with exclusion from the Champions League, rather than fined.
Man City were punished this week by UEFA, fined £50m (the equivalent of a 2p speeding fine for any of us), and had restrictions on their European squad put in place, but the Arsenal manager believes it should be more simple than that.
“I think the punishment is sophisticated,” he said. “I would like a more simple one that makes more sense, although they have studied that for a very long time certainly to be in accordance with the legal side of it.
“You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then, everybody would understand it.”
And he’s accused the European governing body of over-complicating the whole thing.
“To me, and all of us on the outside, it looks a complicated punishment. Nobody understands, really. Today people are informed. We live in a society where everyone is informed. The rules have to be clear so that you can inform people well.
“But if I go out in the street now and I ask a hundred people what you think of the fair play punishment, how many do you think can explain it to you? I’m in the job and I cannot do it.
“They have to clarify the punishment. We all agree that if we don’t respect the rules you have to be punished. But to explain to people how that works is very difficult.”
Rumours that each club in breach of FFP has to nominate a player to be given a hyper-wedgie by Michel Platini could not be confirmed at this point.