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    Welsh Rover wrote:
    owd nick wrote:
    Welsh Rover wrote:
    I won't lie, when it comes to Financial Fair Play I'm not exactly on top of everything. I understand the implications, but I'm not clear on the exact figures involved. Are there any published articles (not doom-mongering from Internet trolls) which explain, in detail, the ideal course of action that Rovers should take this season?

    Selling all of our better players in the summer is not a viable option, surely? This is the last chance for Gary Bowyer to put together a squad capable of pushing for the top 6 so, if we are hit with a transfer embargo, as expected, it might not be so detrimental to our season.
    The main document is free to download, just type in Football Fair Play and you should find it, if not have a look at the UEFA site, it's a bit of a tome though.

    Have a look at this website: I use it a lot.

    Cheers, Nick, but I've read up on FFP, it's just the numbers pertaining to our club in particular that I haven't got my head around yet. I'm looking for an article which pretty much spells out exactly what Rovers need to do this forthcoming season, based on facts and figures, as opposed to the conflicting comments I've read on Rovers forums. You're right about all the official FFP legislation being a tome though! It does make you wonder why, in this day and age, they don't just explain these things in layman's terms. Not everyone has done an evening class on accounting at Tenby Library...

    Dewch Ar Chi Gleision!
    It's all speculation really, people looking at balance sheets and guessing out loud, the more optimistic Rovers fans don't appear to have cottoned on to the fact that it can't be ignored and it won't be a problem, hence the spend, spend, spend cries.

    The more obdurate ex Rovers fans and our esteemed Burnley contingent are hoping that the full force of the rules will be applied and Rovers will be forced down the league structure at worst or forced into liquidation at best.

    The truth probably falls somewhere in between, as with the Man City situation, irrespective of who dishes out the penalties that is now the benchmark.

    From what I understand Rovers face a fine based on a percentage of their debt at a specific point in time, that fine has been quoted at anywhere between £8 to 12 million, and it has to be paid by the club, not the owners, the owners can continue to invest in the club but only up to an agreed limit, but that investment cannot be used to pay the fine.

    There is proviso for the club to argue it's case regarding steps it is taking to reduce it's debt and I am pretty sure that's the route Rovers will take.

    Personally I don't think there will be any issue with an embargo next season because if Rovers face one I am pretty certain that between 50 to 75% of the rest of the clubs in the Championship and Football League will face the same sanction.

    So if you can't transfer players in, and no-one can buy the players you need to transfer out it all becomes a bit pointless.

    A bit like Burnley in the PL."
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Blackburn Rovers wait on FFP rules after changes rejected

Shaun Harvey

Shaun Harvey

First published in Sport

FOUR proposed changes to Financial Fair Play regulations for Blackburn Rovers and their fellow Championship clubs have been rejected.

Several unnamed clubs have threatened legal action against the regulations, which could see Rovers hit with a transfer embargo in January, but efforts to agree changes have failed.

The legal threat and concern over the impact of the new £23million parachute payments for the three clubs relegated from the Premier League led Football League bosses to review the regulations.

But all four proposals – three of them related to boosting the level of losses and owner investment permitted – were defeated in a vote by the 24 Championship clubs.

The fourth proposal was for the rules to be imposed based on ‘real time’ financial figures instead of the existing retrospective system.

But it too failed to attract the necessary 75 per cent backing.

According to Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey, other alternatives would now be examined.

Harvey said: “While a majority of clubs did vote in favour of each of the four proposals, they did not achieve the 75 per cent support required.

”We will now continue the positive and collaborative dialogue we have had with Championship clubs on this issue to see if there is any appetite for alternative forms of change.”

Rovers will suffer a transfer embargo in January if they do meet the existing regulations.

Existing FFP regulations state that Championship clubs can make a maximum loss of £3m for the current 2013-14 campaign.

That figure rises to £8m if a club’s owner is willing to convert the additional £5m into shares in the club.

Anything above £3m or £8m will result in a transfer embargo which would come into force on January 1.

The existing regulations permit Championship clubs to lose £6m next season, 2014-15, but £3m of that must be covered by owner investment.

There were three proposals to increase that allowance to either £10m, £11.4m or £12.8m.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has also expressed serious concerns about the existing system, which is based on just one year, while controls over the top-flight clubs take into account three years’ figures and allow more owner investment.

The first sanctions against Championship clubs will be announced in December based on accounts for the current 2013-14 season.

The existing FFP regulations were agreed in April 2012 by the overwhelming majority of Championship clubs. At that time Rovers were playing in the Premier League and therefore did not have a vote.

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