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Michel Platini coy on FFP sanctions

FC's Ian Darke delves into Arsene Wenger's questions regarding UEFA's Financial Fair Play punishments or lack thereof.

TURIN, Italy -- UEFA president Michel Platini says "there is no problem" with investigations into nine clubs that breached financial fair play (FFP) rules.

Michel Platini
UEFA boss Michel Platini says he doesn't know when FFP sanctions will be resolved.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among those to have been offered settlements for breaching UEFA's rules, and Platini said of all the clubs involved in the process: "They discuss, everybody fights for their thing, but it's on a good way."

Asked if City's case was a problem, Platini added: "It's a discussion, it's a settlement."

Platini said he was unsure when sanctions would be resolved.

A UEFA disciplinary panel has been in talks with clubs to agree on penalties for overspending on transfer fees and wages since 2011.

UEFA has not identified the nine, though City and PSG -- the champions of England and France -- are reportedly the main cases. Both face multi-million euro fines and squad limits for Champions League matches.

If settlements with the clubs cannot be reached, a case is taken over by a separate UEFA judging panel which can impose tougher penalties. Decisions can also be appealed by rival clubs from the same national league.

"I am totally away from the discussion," Platini said of the independent panels' work. "It's not a matter for the president of UEFA."

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