After the Gibraltar Football Association confirmed the U-turn on the decision to allow College Europa into the Europa League next season at the expense of Manchester 62, a decision at the higher echelons of European football could see Gibraltar’s European representatives benefit financially from the recent Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigations.
Recently it was revealed by UEFA that clubs in breach of FFP rules will be fined and dealt with other sanctions. It was recently revealed that high profile clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain have been fined by European Football’s governing body for breaches of FFP. Furthermore, the money raised from penalising clubs who were found to be in breach, would be split between other teams as solidarity payments
It appears that UEFA president Michel Platini and general secretary Gianni Infantino plan talks with the chairman of the European Club Association, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, to discuss precisely how to redistribute the fines levied from the FFP sanctions announced last week.
Platini and Infantino want what is a pot worth up to £114.5m to be shared not only among all 237 clubs competing in Europe this season and next but also teams in domestic leagues affected by their rivals’ overspending.
If the money is distributed evenly, the most any team could hope to receive is approximately £380,000, although it may be as little as £138,000 if those guilty of FFP breaches avoid paying their whole fine by fulfilling certain obligations. However, for Gibraltar clubs, seeing as they weren’t involved in European competitions this season could possibly mean that their ‘solidarity’ payments would be significantly lower than other European counterparts.
UEFA is hoping the prospect of such solidarity payments will reduce the threat of clubs appealing the settlements agreed with those who broke the rules.
The other clubs, who accepted lesser sanctions, were Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor from Turkey, the Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg, Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan, and Levski Sofia from Bulgaria.
As for the club’s in Gibraltar, Lincoln Red Imps and College Europa who will both feature for the first time in European club competitions for the 2014/15 season, could be set to pocket an extra amount of funding from UEFA thanks to the transgressions of those clubs higher up in the football food chain. At the same time, Manchester 62, who were recently told by the GFA that they would be compensated due to the decision to deny them Europa league football next year, could also benefit from this situation.
All in all, it appears that these clubs might be benefiting from FFP, which also leads to the notion of an uneven playing field for local clubs in the GFA Premier Division next season.