Previous
Liverpool
Real Madrid
0
3
FT
Game Details
Anderlecht
Arsenal
1
2
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Malmo FF
5
0
FT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Juventus
1
0
FT
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
FC Basel
1
0
FT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Benfica
0
0
FT
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
Zenit St Petersburg
2
0
FT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Borussia Dortmund
0
4
FT
Game Details
Next
 By PA Sport
Aug 9, 2014

Hamann questions Lampard loan deal

Manuel Pellegrini has hit back at Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager suggested that Frank Lampard joining Manchester City was motivated by the UEFA financial fair play rules.

Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann feels the club needs to be closely monitored by UEFA as deals such as the one which has taken Frank Lampard to the Etihad Stadium "could be an issue" in the future.

- Jolly: Fernando in to do the dirty work
- Brewin: Roles reversed before Wembley clash

City were hit with sanctions by UEFA in May for breaching financial fair play rules.

This month they recruited Lampard on loan until January from New York City FC -- their American sister outfit, who the 36-year-old signed for after reaching the end of his contract with Chelsea this summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger subsequently questioned the arrangement, saying: ''Is it a way to get around the fair play? I don't know."

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini responded by insisting "the rules of FFP don't have any relation'' to the Lampard situation, which he says has been conducted correctly.

Hamann feels the deal itself is not really a problem, but he does believe it has set a potentially worrying precedent.

PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEWS

As we count down to kickoff on Aug. 16, ESPN FC previews all 20 teams in this season's competition. Can Burnley, QPR and Leicester stay up? Will the new signings of Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Adam Lallana help usurp Man City's crown? Will Manchester United get back on track under Louis van Gaal?

Hamann, who played for City between 2006 and 2009, told Press Association Sport: "I think in the future that sort of thing could be an issue.

"I don't think it is an issue in this case, but in the future, if owners have a player somewhere else and then loan him back, it could be.

"Here it has happened with a player who is 36 and probably way past his best. If this was a player who was at his peak, then everyone would say 'hang on a minute -- that's not right.'

"We have FFP and you should play by the rules and not try to bend it. This is certainly something that needs to be looked at.

"Everyone should be playing by the same rules -- at the end of the day, that is why they brought it [FFP] in in the first place.

"UEFA has to be alert and aware because the clubs always try to get an advantage somewhere.

"I think the first step has been taken with FFP. At least something has been done in the last few years and we are headed in the right direction.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.