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Albion chief wants Financial Fair Play penalties to be honoured
Albion chief executive Paul Barber has warned the club will not tolerate any backtracking on Financial Fair Play punishments for those breaking the rules.
Several unidentified clubs, believed to include current Championship leaders Leicester, QPR and Blackburn Rovers, are reportedly threatening a legal challenge to the FFP regulations, which are designed to ensure they do not live beyond their means.
Albion are firmly committed to the rules and Barber has overseen a cost-cutting exercise at the Amex to keep them within the boundaries.
There has already been one shift of the goalposts. The proceeds of potentially significant fines incurred by promoted clubs - equivalent to every pound they spend over their FFP result - will be distributed to charity rather than to those clubs abiding by the rules.
Clubs missing out on promotion and breaking the rules will be subject to a transfer embargo.
Barber told The Argus: "That means first of all they can't buy any new players, which is obviously a significant burden, and secondly it will prevent them from renewing the contracts of existing players where those contracts have come to an end.
"That could mean there are some very good players out there that could become available for free, so there will potentially be a benefit to those clubs that have complied with the regulations and a signifcant disadvantage to those that haven't.
"We are hoping - and we are expecting - that the League will impose these sanctions. I for one, having worked very hard here with the Board, the chairman and team of executives we have to comply with the rules, will be furious if those sanctions are not imposed.
"I've got absolutely no reason to think they won't be and therefore it's important we continue to comply with the regulations, not just because they are there but because we genuinely believe it is the right way to run our football club for the future."
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