How much does Barcelona need to pay after plea to dismiss the UEFA FFP sanction was rejected?

Barcelona managed to clinch the 2022–23 La Liga title despite their financial woes. Even though they had the chance to bring back their legendary figure, Lionel Messi, the dream was thwarted by the constraints of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, making it an unattainable prospect.

UEFA is rigorously monitoring the financial operations of numerous high-profile European clubs, with Manchester United recently enduring penalties, whereas PSG managed to escape any sanctions. Meanwhile, Barcelona is grappling with severe financial challenges, and they also face the looming threat of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.

How much does Barcelona need to pay after UEFA FFP sanction?

UEFA has revealed that they have implemented actions against a range of clubs for failing to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations, with Barcelona and Manchester United being notable examples of clubs in violation.

The reigning LaLiga champions have incurred a fine of €500,000 for “inaccurately reporting profits from the disposal of intangible assets (excluding player transfers) as income during the 2022 financial year, which is not considered relevant income according to the regulations.”

The CFCB First Chamber, responsible for overseeing Financial Fair Play (FFP), “completed the evaluation of the break-even condition for the financial years 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. This marks the final instance in which the CFCB evaluated clubs under the ‘previous’ Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, as outlined in the 2018 edition,” according to UEFA.

Barcelona’s financial troubles

Before the 2022–23 season, FC Barcelona was purportedly burdened with a debt exceeding €1.5 billion, and the club’s leadership projected that they would require €500 million to extricate the team from its financial woes. This substantial financial burden was handed over to current president Joan Laporta, who inherited debts exceeding €1 billion from his predecessor, Josep Maria.

Barcelona is currently grappling with significant accounting challenges stemming from their colossal wage expenses, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their ambitious €1.6 billion renovation project. Hindered by LaLiga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, Barcelona found themselves unable to bring back their legendary figure, Lionel Messi, who departed the club as a free agent and joined Paris Saint-Germain during the summer of 2021.


Just as it appeared that Barcelona had reached their lowest point, the ground beneath them continued to crumble, sending them even further into turmoil.

While the team’s on-field performance might be commendable at the moment, their dramatic financial decline shows no signs of abating. Adding to their woes, a corruption lawsuit dating back to before 2018 was initiated earlier this year, further complicating their situation.

What do you think of UEFA rejecting Barcelona’s plea to withdraw the FFP sanctions? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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