Taking second place to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 during the canceled 2019-20 campaign, OM won a place back in Europe’s premier competition for the first time in six years but was faced with a nervous expectation that their passage would be stamped due to their financial problems.
Marseille retains their place in the UCL
Marseille will retain their place in the Champions League 2020-21. Despite the violation of the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Taking second place to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 during the canceled 2019-20 campaign. OM won a place back in Europe’s premier competition for the first time in six years. But was faced with a nervous expectation that their passage would be stamped due to their financial problems. While UEFA supported OM to compete at the top table in Europe next season. Various sanctions were imposed on the Mediterranean club. Firstly, they will lose 15% of the prizes they earn in European competitions over the next two seasons. While those who won in the Europa League in 2018 will also be limited to assigning a squad of 23 senior players to the following three campaigns.
The club fell into the UEFA’s eyes
Also, they were forced to pay a fine of €3 million (£2.7 million/$3.3 million). Marseille fell into the UEFA’s eyes, as it did not comply with the previous FFP sanctions imposed upon the club by UEFA. The Stade Velodrome side had to pay a fine of €2 million earlier. And they agreed not to exceed the loss of €30 million this season while maintaining a limit on the players’ salaries compared to the total revenue. Therefore, the side of Andre Villas-Boas probably should closely monitor their budget as they approach the next season. However, the composition was already pretty threadbare, since they exceeded expectations with their finish in Ligue 1 last term. Throughout the campaign, Villas-Boas used only 23 senior players. Including veteran midfielder Luis Gustavo, who left the club for Fenerbahçe in August.
Already this summer, Marseille was threatened with the loss of several talented players. Including creative midfielder Morgan Sanson and center-backs Boubacar Kamara and Duje Caleta-Car, as well as promising teenager Isaac Lihadji, who rarely performed last season because of a contractual dispute with the club. Clubs can be banned for serious FFP violations. Which aims to stop uncontrolled spending that can lead to long-term financial problems for clubs. However, detractors indicate that the current system served to create a more reliable power base for established clubs that have strong support and secure commercial communication.