Harry Redknapp slams Financial Fair Play threat
Harry Redknapp, manager of newly promoted Premier League side Queen's Park Rangers has called threats of being expelled from the second-tier Championship if they are relegated from the Premier League as "unrealistic".
New Delhi: Harry Redknapp, manager of newly promoted Premier League side Queen's Park Rangers has called threats of being expelled from the second-tier Championship if they are relegated from the Premier League as "unrealistic".
Earlier this week, QPR were warned by the chief executive of the Football League of a £40 million fine and potential expulsion for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules during their time in the Championship.
The London club is owned by Tony Fernandes, reacted by saying he would fight the against the punishment, if it was imposed on his club. They will however, have to submit the club accounts for last year on December 1 to prevent any potential fine.
"There would have to be quite a few kicked out if that were to happen, wouldn't`t there?" Redknapp said Friday, ahead of QPR`s league match away to big-spenders Manchester United on Sunday.
"I think it`s unrealistic, and I don`t see it happening."
"To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Man United before we play them on Sunday shouldn't`t we?," said Redknapp. "What is fair play? I don`t know.
"One team can spend £200 million on a team, another team might spend £8 million on a team, and that`s not fair play is it.
"Fair play would be everybody having a maximum of £30 million a year to spend on their team, produce some kids out of the youth team and work harder with the players they`ve got.
"To call it fair play, the whole league isn`t fair play: you`ve got seven teams at the top on another planet.
"I don`t know what the rules are to be honest, but the owners have brought a few players in.
"We`ve lost (Loic) Remy but we`ve spent maybe £20 million above the Remy money, so the owners have been fantastic, the effort to help us compete."
Redknapp's side take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 14 in the Premier League.
With agency inputs