UEFA has punished Manchester United for breaking the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

In the summer transfer season, United has kept their expenditure to a minimum, only bringing in Mason Mount from Chelsea in a deal that could total up to £60 million with add-ons.

The Premier League team has a limited budget since, after hiring Erik ten Hag as manager last summer, it spent more than £220 million on transfers, raising suspicions that it might have violated FFP regulations.

Now it has come to light that United did, in fact, violate those rules, albeit before Ten Hag took up residence at Old Trafford.

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According to UEFA, United reported “minor break-even deficits” for the fiscal years 2019 through 2022.

The governing body of European football penalized the Premier League team €300,000 (£256,747) for the infraction.

“During the 2022–23 season, the CFCB First Chamber, chaired by Sunil Gulati, concluded the assessment of the break-even requirement covering the financial years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022,” said a statement from UEFA on Friday that confirmed the fine.

“This is the final time the CFCB evaluated the clubs using the “old” Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP), Edition 2018 regulations.

“APOEL FC (CYP), Konyaspor (TUR), and Manchester United FC (ENG) all reported modest break-even deficits. These clubs each received fines of €300, 000, €100, 000, respectively.

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United maintain that the sanction is related to old problems and will not have an effect on the club’s summer transfer activity.

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“Manchester United accepts this fine for what UEFA acknowledges to be a minor technical violation of its previous Financial Fair Play rules, though disappointed by the outcome,” said the statement.

This was owing to a change in how UEFA handled COVID-19 losses during the 2022 reporting period, which allowed us to only account for €15 million of the €281 million in lost revenue as a result of the pandemic in the FFP calculation.

“Since the epidemic, the clubs’ revenue has strongly rebounded and is anticipated to reach a record level in the current fiscal year.

The club “continues to support rule enforcement to encourage financial fair play and sustainability across domestic and European football.”

Barcelona, a powerhouse in La Liga, was also penalized by UEFA for breaking the FFP guidelines, making United not the only team to receive a fine.

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The Spanish club was fined €500,000 (£428,286), according to The Mirror, for filing incorrect information about revenues from the sale of intangible assets (apart from player transfers), which are not considered relevant income under the regulations.

For failing to provide complete and correct break-even figures, Riga FC, Olimpija Ljubljana, and Slovan Bratislava were each fined €10,000 (£8,565).

Anderlecht received a fine of €100,000 (£85,606) for failing to reach goals outlined in a prior conditional agreement, and Istanbul Basaksehir received a fine of €400,000 (£342,520) for failing to meet goals outlined for the fiscal year 2022.

Royal Antwerp and Trabzonspor, however, were discovered to have disregarded the break-even criteria.

The CFCB reached settlement agreements with both clubs, according to prior legal precedent, according to The Mirror.


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