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Rummenigge welcomes Financial Fair Play sanctions

European football’s governing body UEFA has imposed severe penalties on Paris St. Germain and Manchester City for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is also president of the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), commented: “Financial Fair Play is good for the clubs because it helps them control their costs. This is in the best interests of the European clubs. As we have now seen UEFA is strictly adhering to the rules of Financial Fair Play. I therefore appeal to all clubs to abide by the rules of Financial Fair Play and to continue following the path we have set out along with UEFA.“

FCB goes Brazil

No other club has provided as many players to the provisional national squads for the World Cup as FC Bayern. A total of 17 players from Germany’s most successful club are in the 32 preliminary squads submitted last week, which will be reduced from a maximum of 30 down to the final 23 by 2 June. A total of 102 Bundesliga players have been called up, making the German league the second-best represented after the English Premier League with 127 call-ups.