"Financial fair play was corrupted from birth by those at the top, warped into the most naked protectionism. It was supposed to be about debt, but ended up placing limitations on owner investment. A club loaded with debt, like Manchester United, is fully compliant; a club without debt, like City, is not. "
Why are FFP rules created in the manner that they have been if not to protect clubs at the top. It's a common theme with a lot of European clubs in particular, they want to ring fence the money either be it through CL entry or creating a European Super League.
It's no surprise these rules came in as newly rich clubs were able to finally financially compete on a level or higher playing field than those teams who had been at the top for decades.
Come on mate, Martin Samuel. He's had a thing about FFP for years, ever since he had a pop at us using the loan system to our advantage when we had Lukaku, Deulofeu and Barry on loan.
FFP wasn't introduced to protect the established clubs it was introduced as there was an influx of billionaires throwing huge amounts of money at clubs, way beyond what the clubs could afford on their own, the fact that there was already existing, established clubs has nothing to do with it, especially as they now have to live by the same rules. The boom of the Premier League and Champions League brought about all the wealthy owners, something had to be done both to stop them massively overspending what the clubs could afford but also to stop the likes of Leeds and Portsmouth situations.
I always think it's a bit of a 'tinfoil hat' argument to say FFP was introduced to look after the established clubs, if you look at it logically, the likes of PSG, Man City and Leicester winning titles and competing in the CL can only be good for those competitions and therefore generate more money for them, they've opened up new markets and created massive interest in the Middle East and Asia thanks to their owners taking over, no authority in the world is going to try and shut that down but there are rules and they should abide by them. Even looking at the PL this season, the title race is boring as fuck, that's not good for the popularity of it to have one club running away with it and if it wasn't for "new monied" clubs like Man City, Leicester and Chelsea, Liverpool would be even further ahead and you'd probably have had the scenario that you mentioned earlier of Man Utd and Liverpool dominating the past 20-25 years. I'm all for wealthy owners helping make clubs better and more competitive but there needs to be controls on place.