Premier League Clubs Vote in Favour of New Financial Regulations

By Community | February 7, 2013

Premier League Clubs today agreed in principle to a system of enhanced financial regulations, which are designed to further improve the sustainability of clubs.

The Premier League Financial Regulation includes a sustainability clause that will require clubs to work towards break-even, while allowing a degree of owner investment going in as equity. A short-term cost control protocol was also agreed, which would limit the amount clubs could raise their player costs by above an agreed floor from centrally distributed revenue.

From the 2013/14 season Premier League clubs cannot make a loss in excess of £105m aggregated across seasons 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16.

If the rules are broken the Premier League will not be afraid to offer up a points deduction as punishment.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “As all things in our rulebook you will subject to a disciplinary commission.

“The clubs understand that if people break the £105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range – a points deduction.

“Normally we stay silent on sanctions as the commission has a free range but clearly if there is a material breach of that rule we will be asking the commission to consider top-end sanctions.”

Scudamore said that the measures would mean it will take longer for benefactor owners to achieve success, but that it would still be possible.

He said: “The balance we have tried to strike is that a new owner can still invest a decent amount of money to improve their club but they are not going to be throwing hundreds and hundreds of millions in a very short period of time.

“While it has worked for a couple of clubs in the last 10 years, and I am not critical of that, if that’s going to be done in the future it’s going to have to be over a slightly longer term without the huge losses being made.

“I think at £105m you can still build a very decent club with substantial owner funding but you have to do it over time, you can’t do it in a season.”

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