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UEFA to relax Financial Fair Play rules

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Dinamo Moscow's suspension from Europa League play by UEFA over financial fair play.

The European football federation is lifting some of the restrictions on club spending in an attempt to make more teams competitive and ensure clubs are more attractive for new investors.

UEFA agreed on Monday to relax some of its Financial Fair Play rules, allowing clubs a period of accelerated spending on players if they present an affordable business model and show they are not "gambling on success."

The loosening of the rules comes after UEFA found that collective losses by clubs decreased by...

Thorgan Hazard hopes to face Chelsea in Champions League with Gladbach

Thorgan Hazard joined Borussia Monchengladbach from Chelsea last year.

Thorgan Hazard is hoping to face Chelsea and his brother Eden after qualifying for the Champions League with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Thorgan Hazard, 22, followed elder brother Eden to Chelsea in 2012 but was immediately sent out for a spell at Zulte-Waregem, where he was named Belgium's Professional Footballer of the Year, and then joined Gladbach, initially on loan, in 2014.

Having helped Gladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga last season, he is set to play in the 2015-16 Champions...

 By PA Sport

Financial fair play opponents claim victory after court ruling

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses financial fair play and its possible changes moving forward in regards to business plans of football clubs.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Dinamo Moscow's suspension from Europa League play by UEFA over financial fair play.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Manuel Pellegrini's comments on Manchester City's drop in form after he stated Financial Fair Play was the cause of their current plight.

Opponents of UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) rules are claiming an initial victory against the regulations after a court ruling.

A court in Brussels has referred a case submitted by several claimants to the European Court of Justice and imposed an interim measure blocking UEFA from activating phase two of its rules to cut the deficit clubs are permitted from €45 million to €30m.

The claimants include Manchester City supporters and Paris Saint-Germain fans as well as Belgian agent Daniel...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Celtic head to Iceland to play Stjarnan in Champions League qualifying

Celtic were pitted against Icelandic outfit Stjarnan in the qualifying for next season's Champions League when the draw for the first and second rounds of qualification for the group stage were made on Monday.

The Scottish champions will face the Icelandic club, who knocked Motherwell out of the Europa League 12 months ago, in the second qualifying round.

There are four first-round ties as Lincoln Red Imps face Santa Coloma, Pyunik take on Folgore, Crusaders meet Levadia Tallinn and B36 Torshavn...

Dynamo Moscow banned from European competition for FFP breach

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reacts to Dinamo Moscow's suspension from Europa League play by UEFA over financial fair play.

UEFA has excluded Dynamo Moscow from European competition for a season for breaking financial fair play rules.

Dynamo, which reached the Europa League last 16 this season, will not be allowed to compete in next season's Europa League.

"I can't say that the UEFA decision came as a big surprise for us," billionaire club president Boris Rotenberg said in a statement.

"We're sure that, under the terms of a necessary cut to the wage bill, Dynamo will still be able to fight for top places. I don't doubt...