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According to Italian outlets La Repubblica and the Gazzetta dello Sport, (via Football Italia) UEFA is expected to hand down sanctions to Inter tomorrow for the club's violation of Financial Fair Play regulations.

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According to Italian outlets La Repubblica and the Gazzetta dello Sport, (via Football Italia) UEFA is expected to hand down sanctions to Inter tomorrow for the club's violation of Financial Fair Play regulations.

If any of you readers need or want a quick overview of the purpose of FFP, the regulations were introduced by UEFA (the European federation's governing body) back in 2011 in an attempt to curb reckless spending by clubs and to promote financial responsibility among the federation's many domestic leagues. (American sports fans could liken it to the luxury tax in the "Big 4" sports, except it's an actual penalty rather than a mere disincentive.)

In a nutshell, it seeks to directly limit lavish club spending, and does so (sometimes) by punishing clubs that spend beyond their means, based on overall income. Other clubs have been fined in the past – notably English side Manchester City and French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Some details (read: rumors) regarding the sanctions on Inter have been leaked by La Repubblica, which has suggested that the Nerazzurri face a €6 million - €8 million fine for the violations and are likely to have the number of spots on their international roster reduced from 25 to 21.

Il Biscione also face the possibility of limitations in future transfer markets, as UEFA could limit their buying power in proportion to their net income. Meaning that it wouldn't really matter how much Mancini or Ausilio or Thohir were willing to pay for a player, because they'd have to deal with the limitations UEFA deems appropriate based on how much money the club is actually making.

I suppose we'll wait and see what tomorrow holds. Hopefully, Inter can get out of this situation without too much damage. And thankfully it's not as bad as the penalties that Roma are rumored to be facing - namely being denied revenue from both Champions League and Europa League play this past season. Yikes.