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May 7, 2013

Lawyer challenges FFP restrictions

French Lawyer Jean-Louis Dupont, who was a representative in the historic Bosman ruling in 1995, has lodged an official complaint in opposition to UEFA's proposed Financial Fair Play restrictions which are set to be implemented next season.

Dupont was heavily involved in the landmark case involving then-RFC Liege player Jean-Marc Bosman when the midfielder's move to French side Dunkerque was blocked by the Belgian side after they failed to receive the transfer fee they demanded.

Liege refused to let Bosman go but reduced his wages as he was out of the first team line-up and Dupont successfully argued UEFA's restrictions prevented the "free movement of workers", prompting a change to the transfer processes in Europe.

Dupont now believes the FFP regulations, which means clubs could face exclusion from European competition if they fail to break even, will have a negative impact on the growth of rising clubs.

"In effect a club owner is prohibited from overspending even if such overspending aims at growing the club," Dupont said in a statement.

Dupont went on to suggest that the rule will restrict smaller clubs challenging the dominant teams in respective European competitions and urged UEFA to make concessions if a club can justify overspending.

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