Chambers Slams FFP Rules
Friday, 19th Oct 2018 13:06
Blues skipper Luke Chambers has slammed the Championship’s Financial Fair Play rules, believing they have failed to create a more level playing field.
FFP - now known as Profitability and Sustainability - was introduced at the start of 2012/13 in attempt to reduce the losses Championship clubs were making and to try to even up the division. However, Chambers feels it has failed in this aim.
“The way I understand it, FFP was brought in to create a level playing field,” he writes in his column in Saturday's matchday programme.
“Well, if you are going to do that, it should have been across all leagues including the Premier League.
“In my opinion, Financial Fair Play is a load of old rubbish. Owners should be allowed to spend what they want on their clubs and it’s hardly worked as a deterrent has it?
“Clubs have taken a gamble and spent money and some have gone up so any punishment they get is peanuts to the money they get in the Premier League.
“Some of those that haven’t are still spending big in the Championship and there are players at this level earning £40,000 a week. Some level playing field that!”
In July, Saturday's opponents QPR settled their long-running FFP dispute with the EFL, agreeing to pay a fine of £42 million plus costs of £3 million. They also have a transfer embargo in January, while shareholders were required to capitalise £22 million in loans.
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