Those of you into the statistical analysis movement in football will know of Ted Knutson and StatsBomb, but statistics isn't all they talk about there. Ted's come up with what I think is a really smart way of turning those inconsequential fines levied for teams violating Financial Fair Play into a serious punishment. And the idea is very simple: Give the money to their competitors.
This is hilariously elegant. I'm not entirely sure how I'd break down the fine, but if Manchester City are being fined, say, £50 million, and that money is spread across the rest of the Premier League's Champions League teams and the fifth-place one (hi Everton), that'd be an extra £12.5 million we get to spend, for every year they're non-compliant. Which doesn't sound like much until you remember that Diego Costa's FFP hit would be £16m -- essentially under Ted's scheme City would be subsidising most of a superstar addition.
And that's just for Chelsea. For Liverpool and Everton especially, £12.5 million would be enough for a huge investment, making City's domestic life far, far more difficult as they look to build themselves up as a European power. It is, in other words, an idea that every club playing fair should get behind -- and probably one UEFA will ignore because what is common sense?
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