Financial Fair Play set to change the face of football

Published 1237 GMT (2037 HKT) March 15, 2012
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Manchester City's massive sponsorship deal with Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways has come under scrutiny due to UEFA's Financial Fair Play guidelines. Getty Images
The champagne and the revenues continue to flow for English Premier League champions Manchester United, one of the highest-earning clubs in world football. AFP/Getty Images
UEFA president Michel Platini has staked his reputation on the successful implementation of Financial Fair Play in European football. AFP/Getty Images
Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has poured hundreds of millions of pounds into Chelsea since 2004, but the English club must now balance their books under FFP. Getty Images
Italian giants Inter and AC Milan, both funded by wealthy benefactors, have work to do if they are to meet the requirements of FFP by the 2014 deadline. AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's midfield star Andres Iniesta wears a shirt bearing the name of sponsor the Qatar Foundation. Spain's European champions had, until late 2010, never allowed such kit endorsement. Getty Images