LFP discuss measures to control French clubs’ finances

L’Équipe report that the LFP – French professional football’s governing body – have discussed measures to better control French clubs’ finances in the wake of UEFA’s reforms to Financial Fair Play.

Yesterday morning’s administrative council meeting saw two financial measures which could potentially be imposed on Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs. The first would not allow a club’s wage bill to exceed 70% of its turnover, the second would be that the team’s debt cannot be higher than its capital.

The first measure would see the DNCG – French football’s financial regulator – impose sanctions for clubs who break it. 

Both rule changes were due to come into force earlier, but had been put on hold as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial strife on French football.

An agreement on extending young players’ first professional contracts to a potential 5 years is also set to be reached. The format of the contract is expected to appear as a three-year deal incremented by an extra year, and then another, based on performance-based criteria.

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