Article published 8 Sep 2011
Following the dissolution football's elite club organisation 'g14' in 2008, UEFA has sponsored the creation of the European Club Association. At the ECA conference in September, board member Ernesto Paolillo,(Internazionale General Director)  chaired a sub-group which convened to propose the penalties that they felt should apply for FFP breaches. Although all UEFA documentation is clear (i.e. non-compliance = no licence), surprisingly, the group proposed that the punishments should be withholding prize money and a transfer ban.  UEFA does not have to accept the 'recommendations' from the ECA but this episode must have left a few people wondering why this sub-group was convened and why the proposed punishments were not as severe as UEFA has indicated.