Inter And Roma In-line To Face FFP Sanctions For Overspending

Inter and Roma face FFP sanctions

The two Italian clubs could face heavy punishments, with the Nerazzurri in particular likely to have their European squad reduced in size

Inter and Roma could face significant punishments for failing to meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions, with an initial verdict possible as early as Wednesday.

The two Italian clubs are thought to be among those being monitored by the investigatory chamber of Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), which looks into FFP breaches.

In Inter’s case in particular there are grave concerns over their ability to meet the parameters.

FFP measures have been in place since 2011, with clubs restricted in their spending to ensure they make losses of no greater than €30 million over the three-year period between 2014 and 2017.

While neither Inter nor Roma faced punishments amid the slew of fines which were handed out at the end of February to Hull City, Panathinaikos, Ruch Chorzow and Hapoel Tel-Aviv, the CFCB has begun looking into fresh cases in light of deals completed during the January transfer window.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter are expected to send club officials Marco Fassone, Michael Bolingbroke and Michael Williamson to a summit in Nyon next week to discuss a significant shortfall in the Nerazzurri’s transfer activity.

Not only are the club expected to be handed a fine of around €6-7m, but they could also see their squad for Uefa competitions at their next entry being reduced from 24 players to 21, although the club are hoping to seek a 23-man compromise.

The CFCB are also said to be investigating Roma, but the capital club have yet to be alerted of the full extent of their overspend. The full judgement is expected to be less damning than that on Inter, but the fact that Uefa have looked closely at the Giallorossi’s spending in the past means they could come under significant scrutiny.

Roma were very accepting of Uefa’s previous probe, insisting in a club statement: “We support Uefa’s efforts through FFP to ensure financial stability in football – it is very much in line with our strategy and actions.

“Our current ownership took over a club in economic distress just three years ago and were very clear from the outset that our club would be run as a business in order to maximise economic success along with on-field performance.”

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