UEFA faces Financial Fair Play challenge

The lawyer who changed the face of European football when he

pushed through the 1995 Bosman ruling on transfers and limits on

foreigners is backing a legal challenge by a player agent over

UEFA’s imposition of Financial Fair Play rules.

Jean-Louis Dupont says the UEFA rules to contain debt among

clubs playing in its competitions impose too many trade and

financial restrictions within the 27-nation European Union.

In a statement, he supported local agent Daniel Striani, who

fears his income from transfers and representation will dwindle

because of the rules.

Objections can be filed with the European Commission and if it

is rejected it can be pushed through to the European Court of

Justice. That court, the EU’s highest, brought about the Bosman

ruling 18 years ago.