Bayern boss to UEFA: punish big-spenders

by AFP on May 23, 2011

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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has again criticised the big-spending of some top European clubs and called on governing body UEFA to act.

Since May last year, all payments due on transfers and to club employees are assessed by UEFA's Club Financial Control Panel (CFC Panel).

The panel is in place to prevent clubs paying out more than they earn, especially on inflated transfer fees.

The scheme becomes mandatory in the 2013-14 season, when the CFC Panel can start pronouncing sanctions, but it is still not clear what those sanctions will be, Rummenigge said in German daily Die Welt on Sunday.

"The rules have been known for some time, but it is not yet clear what will happen if these rules are broken. There must be sanctions," Bayern's CEO, who is also the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said.

"For me, the litmus test for UEFA is to what extent they are willing to control and prevent the activities of some clubs.

"Offences must be severely punished and, ultimately, lead to exclusion from international competition."

"There are still no penalties for offences in defined cases.

"We must prepare for the implementation of financial fair play and I do wonder about some clubs in England, Italy or Spain.

"Are they ignoring it (over spending) or are they just not taking this seriously?"

Rummenigge, a long-time critic of over-spending in European football, said he is under no illusions that some clubs will go around these rules because "since man is man, he is creative."

"We'll see if UEFA has the will to control and prevent this creativity," he said.