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PSG to fall foul of UEFA's FFP investigation - report

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Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by today that claims "overstated" sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros.

Bankrolled by Qatari owners, smashed the world transfer record by signing Brazilian star for 222 million euros in August and committed to completing another 180-million-euro deal for French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe this summer when agreeing a one-year loan deal from a few weeks later.

Introduced by European football's governing body in 2010, FFP limits clubs to making losses of no more than EUR30m over three seasons.

"Preliminary investigations show that sponsorship contracts worth about EUR200m have been 'overstated' at the Qatari-owned club," said report.

"Unless can be persuaded to assign a higher value to the sponsorship deals, the French club is on course to breach FFP rules, according to people familiar with the process."

opened an investigation into PSG's compliance with FFP just weeks after the deals for and Mbappe were completed.

"The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity," said a UEFA statement in September.

have already fallen foul of FFP. The club was fined 60 million euros in prize money earned from playing in in 2014.

Back then UEFA deemed PSG had artificially inflated their income using a sponsorship deal with another Qatari state-owned enterprise, the

"The contract between PSG and the has been carefully considered and a fair value, significantly below that submitted by the club, has been assigned," UEFA ruled at the time.

The sanctions could be far tougher for a second offence, with the possibility that PSG could even be excluded from competing in unless they balance their accounts by the end of the club's financial year in June.

With sidelined by injury, PSG's attempts to win for a first time fell flat again last month as they were dumped out 5-2 on aggregate by reigning champions Real Madrid in the last 16.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:10 IST