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UEFA relaxes sanctions in Champions League player quotas

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The Canadian Press
6/11/2014 11:10:04 AM
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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- UEFA has relaxed Champions League sanctions imposed on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for overspending after accepting a request from players' union FIFPro.

UEFA said Wednesday that the champions of England and France only have to include five home-trained players in their 21-man squads next season instead of the expected eight.

Only one of the five players needs to be trained by the club itself. The other four can have been trained at another club within Man City's or PSG's home country.

The UEFA ruling allows clubs to rely more on expensively signed players instead of promoting its own young players.

Gianni Infantino, UEFA's general secretary, said it accepted FIFPro's request made last month in Lisbon, Portugal.

City and PSG were fined 60 million euros ($82 million) spread over three years. They are required to limit their Champions League squads to 21 instead of 25 senior players after violating UEFA's financial fair play rules.

"We looked at it and it was felt appropriate there for the number (of home-grown players) to be proportionally reduced as well," Infantino said.

UEFA said no appeals were filed in the cases of nine clubs which violated financial fair play rules in the first round of sanctions announced last month.

UEFA Champions League trophy (Photo: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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