Chelsea accused of using long-term deals to cheat Financial Fair Play rules

Chelsea have been accused of using long-term contracts to cheat the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules.

According to FIFA statutes, clubs are only permitted to give players contracts of up to five years, but Chelsea have been routinely handing out far longer deals this season.

Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudryk signed for eight-and-a-half years and French defender Benoit Badiashile for six-and-a-half years this month, after the arrivals of Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella on seven- and six-year deals respectively last summer.

Chelsea have been accused of using long-term contracts to cheat the Premier League's Financial Fair Play rules, including the £88million signing of winger Mykhailo Mudryk

Chelsea have been accused of using long-term contracts to cheat the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules, including the £88million signing of winger Mykhailo Mudryk

Chelsea have got round FIFA’s restrictions by registering the additional years in each player’s contract as a club-triggered option to extend, but some of their Premier League rivals are convinced this is really a ruse to circumnavigate FFP.

Chelsea have spent a Premier League-record £416million on new players this season, an incredible outlay which has been possible only due to accounting rules that permit transfer fees to be spread across the duration of a player’s contract for FFP purposes.

The £88m Mudryk fee will therefore cost Chelsea just £10m a year when they submit their accounts to the Premier League for FFP monitoring at the end of the season.

CLUBS FIGHT TO BE EURO HOSTS

Tottenham, West Ham, both Manchester clubs and Everton will begin their battle to host matches at Euro 2028 in earnest next week, when UEFA confirm it will be a 24-team tournament.

UEFA wanted to expand the event but that was rejected by broadcasters on the grounds that qualifying matches would be unattractive to viewers and advertisers.

The Home Nations’ joint bid to host featured 14 stadiums in case 32 nations were competing, but that will now be trimmed to 10 venues, with English grounds set to miss out.

Tottenham, West Ham and many others will begin their battle to host matches at Euro 2028

One of Spurs or West Ham will be culled, while only one of United, City and Everton will make the final list, with Newcastle expected to pip Sunderland.

Glasgow’s Hampden Park, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Belfast’s Casement Park and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Croke Park are guaranteed games, so five English grounds will be chosen, two of which will be Wembley and Villa Park.

Turkey are the only other country bidding to host the finals and the British and Irish bid is expected to win easily.

FRANK’S GROUNDS FOR CONCERN

Brentford are recruiting a new head groundsman after several managers, including Thomas Frank, expressed concerns about the state of their pitch.

The club had been outsourcing pitch management duties to an external company, Elite Groundcare, but since becoming established in the Premier League want to take control of maintaining the playing surface.

The pitch at the Gtech Community Stadium has suffered as a result of ground-sharing with rugby club London Irish, which has led to complaints from both Tottenham’s Antonio Conte and West Ham’s David Moyes after their clubs visited this season, while Frank has also admitted the surface could be better.

The new appointment will initially work with Elite, but may ultimately appoint their own team to take charge of the pitches at the stadium and the training ground.

Brentford are recruiting a new head groundsman after several managers, including Thomas Frank, expressed concerns about the state of their pitch

Brentford are recruiting a new head groundsman after several managers, including Thomas Frank, expressed concerns about the state of their pitch

TALKS TO TACKLE FANS DRUG USE

The Premier League have begun a consultation exercise with their clubs’ safety officers on how to combat the seemingly growing drug use by fans at matches.

A MailOnline investigation earlier this week revealed that 80 per cent of toilet seats we swabbed at last Sunday’s north London derby contained traces of cocaine, with police concerned that drugs are fueling a rise in football-related violence.

Police sniffer dogs are already used outside grounds to detect drugs, but the Premier League are talking to clubs about how to increase security measures.

The Premier League is looking how to combat the increasingly growing drug use by fans

The Premier League is looking how to combat the increasingly growing drug use by fans

CONCUSSION BATTLE GOES ON

The FA and Premier League will not give up their fight to introduce temporary concussion substitutes.

This is despite being defeated on the issue at a meeting of law-making body IFAB this week, and being resigned to the fact that any trial will not begin next season.

With the four FIFA representatives on IFAB strongly advocating the continued use of permanent concussion subs, the matter will not be on the agenda at IFAB’s AGM in March.

The Premier League will not give up their fight to introduce temporary concussion substitutes

The Premier League will not give up their fight to introduce temporary concussion substitutes

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