Wolves punished by UEFA for Financial Fair Play breach

Wolves would only be able to register 23 players instead of 25 if they make next season’s Champions League as UEFA punishes Molineux club for Financial Fair Play breach

  • UEFA found that Wolves had not complied with a ‘break-even requirement’
  • The club’s losses totalled more than £27m for the 2019-20 season in FFP breach
  • Settlement saw Wolves fined and accept reduced squad in Europe for two years 
  • They will only be able to pick 23 ‘A List’ players instead of 25 if they qualify
  • Wolves can reach the Champions League if they win the Europa League 
  • Nuno Espirito Santo’s team play Sevilla in the quarter-finals on Tuesday night 

Wolves will only be permitted to register 23 players in their squad if they qualify for next season’s Champions League after failing to meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play target.

The Molineux side beat Olympiacos to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday and would reach the Champions League if they go on and win the competition.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s team face Sevilla in Duisburg, Germany in their quarter-final on Tuesday evening.

Wolves will be forced to pick a reduced squad if they play in Europe in the next two seasons

It comes after the club breached a Financial Fair Play ‘break-even requirement’ this season

But should they go all the way, they wouldn’t be able to register a full quota of 25 ‘A List’ players in Europe’s elite competition next season.

The punishment was handed down by UEFA after Wolves spent too much in recent years and was agreed in a settlement this week.

UEFA said Wolves had failed to comply with a ‘break-even requirement’ during the 2019-20 season with their losses greater than 30million euros (£27m) over the year.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s team reached the Europa League quarter-finals by beating Olympiacos 

The settlement also sees Wolves paying at least 200,000 euros in fines which could rise as high as 600,000 euros if they don’t comply.

The 23-player limit would also apply if they played in European competition during the 2021-22 season.

The effectiveness of UEFA’s FFP rules has come under scrutiny since Manchester City saw a two-year ban from European competition overturned on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month.

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