UEFA Give Liverpool Green Light for Europe

In the clear
We talked about it a bit earlier in the week, but now a UEFA spokesperson has confirmed it — Liverpool will not be subject to the Break Even Rule under Financial Fair Play should they qualify for Europe next season.

The Reds, who sit second in the Premier League, look well placed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009 with a mere ten matches remaining in the season. There were concerns that they could face some sanctions — or even be disqualified from competing — after they announced losses of just under £50mil earlier in the week.

UEFA are taking a hard line with clubs who fail to comply with the new strict regulations; out of the 237 clubs who took part in this season’s Champions League and Europa League, 76 of them are being investigated and could face sanctions — or disqualification — if they fail to comply with the rules as they are outlined.

Clubs like Liverpool and AS Monaco, who haven’t competed in European competition this season will not be assessed until next Autumn, clearing the way for them to sneak in under the radar. According to the rules, the Anfield outfit can leverage certain costs, including the wages of any player signed prior to July 2010, against their losses. When you factor in youth development, community projects and infrastructure updates — all of which can also be offset against losses — Liverpool should be in a good position moving forward.

6 thoughts on “UEFA Give Liverpool Green Light for Europe

  • March 6, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Does this mean if Liverpool make the champions league next season we won’t be able to spend much money on transfers to make back that £50m loss? City and Chelsea better be punished.

  • March 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The £50m loss this season, and the £40m-odd loss last season are only headline loss figures. According to FFP, Infrastructure costs (like stadium development) and youth development costs are not factored into FFP calculations so basically, and losses we’ve incurred of that type, will be ignored.
    Our spending will be restricted but not necessarily by a great deal. The new PL deal comes in this season so we’ll probably earn an extra £30m from that alone, plus the new commercial deals we’ve signed. We should have a decent transfer budget.

  • March 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    We should have at least 100 mill to spend on transfer to bring in decent players… defenders is what we really need..

  • March 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    We should also be able to write off the inter-company loan of almost 40mil to pay back the stadium exploration projects that the previous regime undertook.

  • March 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’m sure they’re lumped into the 76 clubs that are being investigated…

  • March 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, it’s infrastructure related so It’s highly improbable that that will be factored into the Breakeven claculations.

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