UEFA reacts to Chelsea’s FFP contract strategies

Soccer Football - UEFA Executive Committee News Conference - Nyon, Switzerland - April 7, 2022 A UEFA logo is displayed in this illustration during the news conference REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-Illustration

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) will act quickly to stop other clubs from following the example set by Chelsea and handing long-term contracts to players.

The Blues have made the surprising decision to offer contracts of eight years’ duration to any new players they bring in, which has raised eyebrows.

The Times claims that the decision was made on purpose so that the club could absorb the transfer fee more easily.

Doing so allows them to pay higher transfer fees for new players without violating Financial Fair Play rules.

The insider further notes that UEFA will soon implement regulations to curb the practice.

They’ll watch to see that player contracts aren’t broken up on the books by more than five years at most.

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