Wolves and Porto put finances in order to exit UEFA’s FFP control regime

March 14 – England’s Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portugal’s FC Porto have broken free of the shackles of UEFA’s financial fair play scrutiny and have exited the settlement regimes they were under.

Wolves had been placed under conditions mandating them to report a maximum breakeven deficit of €30 million in the financial year ending in 2020 and to reach, in the 2021-22 season, an aggregate breakeven result for the financial years ending in 2019, 2020 and 2021 “within the acceptable deviation”.

Porto were in trouble over unpaid debts that had become overdue and were struggling to meet UEFA’s break-even requirements.

The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) First Chamber ruled that: “Both clubs were found to have complied with the overall objective of their agreement in the 2021/22 season, and therefore exited the settlement regime.”

The CFCB, chaired by former US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, also ruled that that “PFC CSKA-Sofia (BUL), FC Porto (POR), CD Santa Clara (POR) and Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) have satisfied the conditions previously set by the CFCB and will not face exclusion from UEFA club competitions.”

PFC CSKA-Sofia, Mons Calpe SC (GIB), FC Porto, CD Santa Clara and Sporting Clube de Portugal were facing exclusion from UEFA club competition unless they could prove, by 31 January 2022, they had settled overdue payables as at 30 September 2021.

All bar Mons Calpe SC met the deadline.

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