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How Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Europe’s big boys could get PSG kicked out Champions League over Neymar transfer

If one major side appeals any 'slap on the wrist' from Uefa over potential FFP breach, Euro body would come down hard

After Neymar completed his incredible £198million move to Paris Saint-Germain, many asked how the French side could justify the outlay.

They need to prove they receive a big enough income to remain within the parameters or Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

PSG's signing of Neymar could see them fall foul of Uefa's FFP regulations

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PSG’s signing of Neymar could see them fall foul of Uefa’s FFP regulations

Barcelona are unhappy about the way Neymar was pursued this summer

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Barcelona are unhappy about the way Neymar was pursued this summer

PSG — along with Manchester City —fell foul of Europe’s governing body in 2014, having been fined and forced to reduce their Champions League squad number from 25 to 21.

And that was described by many as a “slap on the wrist” — but a guilty verdict would be met with much more severity on this occasion.

FFP covers a three-year period of profit and loss, so Uefa won’t analyses PSG’s financial state until the summer of 2018, when the current phase ends.

On the previous occasion, PSG and City effectively “agreed a settlement” through now-Fifa chief Gianni Infantino, explain The Times.

Had any club appealed the original sanction, the matter would have been sent to Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body’s adjudicatory chamber, which is a panel made up of independent judges.

On this occasion, it is likely Barcelona — who were unhappy with the way Neymar was pursued behind their backs — want to ensure PSG are punished as severely as possible.

Gianni Infantino led PSG and Manchester City appeal against 2014 sanction

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Gianni Infantino led PSG and Manchester City appeal against 2014 sanction

Paris Saint-Germain are still keen on bringing in Kylian Mbappe from Monaco

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Paris Saint-Germain are still keen on bringing in Kylian Mbappe from Monaco

While, other major powers such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich could also have their say as they have adherently stayed within FFP regulations.

At that point, likely action would be a transfer ban expulsion from the Champions League.

New Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has made it his mission to close the gap between the so called big clubs and small clubs.

So he would be under huge pressure to “throw the book” at PSG if they are found guilty of any wrongdoing.

As things stand, the Ligue 1 giants are looking at the worst possible punishment, as it seems unlikely they have the means to legally make back the money they have spent.

Manchester United could have a say in any Uefa sanction for PSG

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Manchester United could have a say in any Uefa sanction for PSG

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is keen to level the playing field in Europe

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Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is keen to level the playing field in Europe

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Especially as they continue to pursue a £150m deal for Kylian Mbappe.

They still have a year to make up the money, so they will surely be doing everything they can — using social media and TV rights in Brazil to boost their earnings.

But the clock is ticking.

PSG are hopeful they can balance the books after world-record Neymar buy

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PSG are hopeful they can balance the books after world-record Neymar buy

Neymar is a massive star in Brazil, which would draw big TV revenue

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Neymar is a massive star in Brazil, which would draw big TV revenue

Neymar celebrates after scoring on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain

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Neymar celebrates after scoring on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain