Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Buck questions FFP rules

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has condemned UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) policy, as it means the 'status quo' cannot be challenged.

Last Updated: 11/10/13 at 11:20 Post Comment

Bruce Buck: Not happy with FFP plans

Bruce Buck: Not happy with FFP plans

Speaking at the Leaders in Football Conference, which was hosted by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Buck insisted that the new rules make it almost impossible for a new club to challenge the current elite.

UEFA has brought in financial controls aimed at stopping clubs spending more than they earn, with sanctions available against any clubs breaking those rules from 2014.

The Premier League is also bringing in regulations aimed at preventing loss and restricting wage levels, which will come in from 2016.

But Buck is far from happy and said: "Football had a problem and football has a problem which is that there are some clubs who spend money they do not have.

"We felt that football should do something from a rule-making perspective, but our approach was really financial stabilisation, in other words rules which would require clubs to pay their taxes and would not permit them to spend money they did not have.

"The problem we have identified with Financial Fair Play is that it goes a long way to preserving the status quo, and one of the great things about football in this country is that if you are in last place in League Two, you can still hope that some day you will win the Premier League. That is now difficult if not impossible due to Financial Fair Play.

"Financial Fair Play will now have to wrestle with issues like: are certain sponsorship agreements really bona fide? Insularly revenues, is it appropriate to put those into the equation?

"We would have preferred something which really dealt with the issue of stabilisation regulations.

"We feel that what we have is we had a broken finger, so we cut off the arm.

"Having said that, Financial Fair Play at the UEFA level is in effect, we all want to play in UEFA competitions, so we will all do what we have to do to comply."

On course

Buck insists that Chelsea are firmly on course to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.

"It took us three or four years for us to realise we had to change our (business) model and be more frugal, more conservative and have a structure for the future. that is what we are doing now," he said.

"Hopefully for the long-term, we will be successful in breaking even or better

"We will comply with UEFA's form of Financial Fair Play, but we have a lot of work (to do) into that."

Buck also spoke about bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club and admits that it makes his life easier.

"This has been a very relaxed season for me to be honest, because we hired Jose back which is what our fans wanted," he said.

"I don't have to explain to the fans who might come up to me on the Fulham Road asking, 'Why is this player not playing?' or 'Why is this player playing?'

"We have the manager they want, and it is for him to do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Marouane Fellaini: I never lost my quality during first Man Utd season

Marouane Fellaini has taken a swipe at his critics, saying his fruitful time at Everton was "quickly forgotten".

Everton 3-0 Manchester United: Louis van Gaal's side suffer second straight Premier League defeat

Everton beat Manchester United 3-0 at Goodison Park to inflict a second straight Premier League loss on Louis van Gaal's side.

Kane makes cut but Hazard, Costa, Terry among six Chelsea players in PFA Premier League Team of the Year

Six Chelsea players have been named in the Professional Footballers' Association's Premier League Team of the Year.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company