Several European elite sides, including Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal, might be in danger of being suspended because of violating UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.


European football governing body is currently watching over as many as 20 clubs in the continent who may have breached the FFP rules. A number of big clubs such as Barcelona, Juventus, Arsenal, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Marseille and PSG are now under the threat of getting sanctioned. The punishment for each of them can vary from being fined, limiting the number of registered players for European competition, transfer ban and being excluded from continental competition.


Barcelona has been on UEFA radar in the past few months. Not only due to their suspicious transfer activity which been involving the staggering fund as much as € 127 million only this summer despite the fact that they are still in huge debt, but also because of their stern support on European Super League idea. The Catalan side are one of the three sides who remains confident that such competition could be materialised and worth doing for the sake of European football in general. This summer, Blaugrana has been all over the news too as they have sold a great deal of assets to provide the money in order to bolster their squad with marquee signings such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Frank Kessie and plus re-signing Ousmane Dembele. However, they have still been unable to register one of their new recruit in the squad, the French defender, Jules Kounde since they have reached the financial limit for spending the players’ salary. Barcelona is now busy in attempting to sell several unused figures in the squad.


Meanwhile, Juventus is also the main supporter of Europa Super League. They have spent lucrative amount of fee for securing the deal of Dusan Vlahovic and Denis Zakaria in January 2022. This season, Bianconeri has splashed as much as € 101.50 million to sign Bremer, Andrea Cambiaso, Filip Kostic and seal Federico Chiesa permanently.


Last but not least, Arsenal is the latest team included in UEFA watch. The Gunners has been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window in the past two seasons. In summer 2021/22, they spent £ 140 million for Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Lokonga and Nuno Tavares. This summer, the Premier League side managed to complete the move of Gabi Jesus and Olexander Zinchenko from Manchester City plus Fabio Vieira, the youngster Marquinhos and USMNT goalie Matt Turner for £ 119,75 million.


UEFA will be studying the case separately before announcing the proper suspension for each clubs. The current FFP regulations are set to undergo a revision starting from 2023. It will include the limit for spending their income on transfers fee, salaries and most importantly, the player agent fee. The last one is likely to be something the agents’s concern as it could potentially lower their bonus, compensation or even their share from the players transfer.