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May 2, 2014

Wenger: City and PSG must be punished

LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged UEFA to come down hard on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain after they were found to have broken Financial Fair Play [FFP] rules.

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Arsene Wenger believes UEFA must set a strong precedent with their FFP sanctions.

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City and PSG are currently weighing up proposals of possible sanctions presented by UEFA after falling foul of the FFP regulations, with Wenger hoping outside influences do not affect the punishments that are handed out.

Wenger suggested television rights agreements could be a factor in UEFA's decision making over the punishments for clubs that have broken their new financial rules, as he hoped the end result would serve as a deterrent for the game's top clubs moving forward.

"There are rules to apply for the Financial Fair Play," Wenger said in his pregame press conference on Friday. "If you don't respect them, you have to apply the rules, I don't know them especially.

"One of the rules is that normally you should be banned for the excess of the financial amount that is not justified, that is if you are 100 million pounds overboard, you should be punished for 100 million pounds of your wage bill in the Champions League.

"I want to see that respected, if that is not respected, then the Financial Fair Play will have problems to be respected in the future because everyone will just not consider it at all.

"I have thought about that problem and the media might play a part in that, because when UEFA sells the rights of the Champions League to a French TV station, it is very difficult to explain to them once they have paid the money that the best club in their country will not play in the competition, so that might be one of the reasons behind that.

"I do not know how far it will go and how much it will be respected. If it is not respected, of course we will feel let down. It will be interested to see."

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