Finances

News and commentary around Financial Fair Play and revenues of the top teams in Europe.

Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona To Ask Players To Take An Additional Pay Cut

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With money tight everywhere we get a glimpse into who the best run football clubs. And who are not. One of the leaders in the worst-run category is Barcelona, who are going back to their players and asking them to take further wage cuts as Barca’s 2021-22 budget will be €200 million less than what it was this season.

The players have already agreed to take a 70% reduction to their monthly salaries to help Barca through this economic crisis, biut former vice president Emili Rousaud, who was a member of the board of directors until last week, told ESPN “the club’s proposal lacked ambition given the economic problems they will have to face.”

Ligue 1

PSG Set For ‘Colossal’ Financial Losses Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The richest football club in the world, Paris Saint-Germain, are expecting to to suffer massive financial losses because of the coronavirus crisis according to their chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Al-Khelaifi is involved in negotiations to break the stalemate between France’s professional clubs and TV rights holders Canal+ and beIN Sports after the pair refused to pay the latest installment in their agreement because no fixtures are taking place.

Consequently, teams in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 are under very serious financial threat with state-aided partial unemployment and a freeze on employers’ charges related to players’ salaries all that is keeping some afloat.

Inter Milan, Serie A

Suning Invest More Money Into Inter

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Interesting news from FCInter1908.it that Suning Real Estate have become an official partner of Inter.

“Suning Real Estate has officially become an authorised partner of Inter Football Club,” the statement said. “The two companies will work together to create a beautiful community that integrates the experience of Italian style and sports culture.

“Adhering to the goal of continually pursuing product enhancement and superior service, Suning Real Estate will use Inter’s unique cultural characteristics and Inter Design’s creative concept to develop the operating mode of innovative scenes and integrate the Italian aesthetics with culture.”

Barcelona, La Liga

Is Barcelona In Danger Of Entering ‘Economic Bankruptcy And Moral Decay’

Barcelona have come under an astonishing attack from a presidential candidate looking to take over the club after he claimed the LaLiga giants are heading towards ‘economic bankruptcy and moral decay’.

Victor Font is the leader of the Si al futur group seeking to take control of the Nou Camp boardroom.

Barca have gone from one crisis to another during the coronavirus pandemic and on Thursday hit a new low when six of Josep Bartomeu’s board resigned from their posts.

Two of the club’s four vice-presidents – Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas – as well as directors Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Texidor have all walked out.

Barcelona, La Liga

Barcelona Players Take 70 Per Cent Wage Cut

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Barcelona and Lionel Messi have confirmed their first-team squad have accepted a wage cut of over 70% due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The statements confirm that the players accepting the cut will allow the club’s non-sporting staff – on significantly lower salaries – not to have any salary reduction enforced upon them.

The first statement came from Argentine star Messi on Monday morning on his Instagram account, claiming that the players would always act with the best interests of the club at heart – and took a thinly-veiled aim at sources within the club who had suggested this would not be the case.

Liverpool

Liverpool Seeing Success Off Pitch Too

Liverpool made a pre-tax profit of £42million last year despite a record £223m investment on players.

While that top line is well below the record £125m profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch with the club four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years.

Figures released on Thursday for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the purchases of Alisson Becker (£65million), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m).

Man City, Premier League

Manchester City CEO Says FFP Breaches ‘Simply Not True’

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Manchester City’s “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations are “simply not true”, says chief executive Ferran Soriano.

On Friday, Premier League champions City were handed a two-year Champions League ban and fined 30m euros (£25m).

The decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“The fans can be sure of two things. The first one is that the allegations are false,” said Soriano.

“And the second is that we will do everything that can be done to prove so.”

Arsenal, Premier League

Arteta On Newcastle Win And City Ban

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Mikel Arteta picked out three Arsenal stars who impressed in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates stadium.

Newcastle edged a first half in which Arsenal failed to get going, but the Gunners were a completely different team after the break, as Mesut Ozil started to find more space to cause the visitors problems, and youngster Bukayo Saka superb throughout.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a fine header, Nicolas Pepe turned in a Saka cutback before Ozil and Lacazette ended their respective goal droughts to finish off a fine second-half display.

Arteta told BBC Sport:

Champions League, Man City

Manchester City Given Two Year Champions League Ban

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Manchester City were on Friday night banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.

The Champions League ban has been rumored to be happing for months, but the announcement still sent shockwaves through football and may now see questions raised over their domestic success.

The reigning English champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016 and have been fined €30 million.

City’s problems are not just with the UEFA. Serious questions will asked by the Premier League, with a points deduction plus removal of City’s titles in 2012 and 2014 all possible outcomes.

Juventus

Juventus in FFP danger

According to RMC Sport, Juventus are at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play parameters, as their payroll to total revenue ratio is at 71 per cent.

The calculations were made based on a leaked copy of the KPMG financial report on the eight major European league champions, showing Juve are the only ones running at a loss.

The report also suggests “the net results for the 2019-20 season will also be revised negatively.”

It is claimed the biggest problem is the breach of FFP parameters, as clubs need to keep their total payroll to revenue ratio at under 70 per cent, whereas Juve currently stand at 71 per cent.