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FFP: The scourge of Europe's elite?

Published 1258 GMT (2058 HKT) May 9, 2014
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UEFA President Michel Platini has been steadfast in his commitment to FFP and will come down hard on those who fail to meet the requirements. Getty Images
Manchester City is funded by Sheikh Mansour, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. Mansour, who purchased City in 2008, has bankrolled the club to the Premier League title and into the Champions League. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES
Nasser Al-Khelaifi is the President of Paris Saint-Germain, a club which is owned by QSI -- Qatari Sports Investment, a firm linked to the Qatari government. PSG has won the French title in 2013 and 2014. It reached the quarterfinals of this year's Champions League. FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images/file
PSG's millions have been able to lure top players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic to French football. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
PSG's riches has attracted the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani from Napoli -- making it the outstanding team in France. Getty Images
Javier Pastore cost $63 million when he arrived in Paris from Palermo in 2011. One of several big name signings made courtesy of Qatari investment. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images
Sergio Aguero arrived at Manchester City in July 2011 following a $64 million move from Atletico Madrid. The Argentine striker helped the club win the Premier League title in 2012. Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Yaya Toure arrived from Barcelona in a $40 million move in July 2010. The Ivory Coast midfielder has since established himself as one of the best midfielders in European football. Alex Livesey/Getty Images/file
Spanish club Malaga, which reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League in 2013, was banned from European competition by UEFA for a year after failing to pay its bills. Getty Images
Malaga fans protested against UEFA president Michel Platini over threats to refuse the club permission to play in European competition. The protests were ignored and despite appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Malaga was handed a one-year ban. Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images