The president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi has made it clear to the press that he will ask UEFA to reconsider their financial fair play regulations concerning the Premier League’s latest TV deal. The club recently secured a record €748.5 million rights agreement with broadcasters for the period 2016-2020. However, the price is then dwarfed by the €2.3 billion teams in the English top flight will share each season between 2016 and 2019.
According to Al-Khelaifi, the money will give Premier League clubs more finance in which it will attract the world’s best players and could leave the rest of Europe unable to compete by the constraints placed upon them by UEFA’s FFP rules.
The president claimed that he is going to speak to UEFA to try and find a solution for the rule. “With England, which is going to receive enormous TV rights money, financial fair play is not only the problem of French football, but also all the other European countries,” he told reporters following the team’s 3-2 victory over Reims on Saturday (23/5).
Paris Saint-Germain would think hard about how to reinforce the squad this summer with UEFA still keeping a watchful eye on their finances. The UEFA financial fair play regulations were established in 2009 with its aim to prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn. It provides the sanctions to be taken against clubs who exceed spending over several seasons.
Along with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain were the hardest hit when UEFA handed down its first raft of FFP punishments last summer. The French champions were hit with sanctions by UEFA for breaching the rule, with restrictions on how much their wage bill could increase by, how much they could spend and also the size of their squad for the Champions League.
Previously in April, Paris Saint-Germain were struggling to get Di Maria’s signature and Al-Khelaifi feels that if FFP rules had not been in force then the winger would be playing in the French capital.