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UEFA: Inter ‘partially’ fulfills FFP settlement agreement

Roster restrictions will remain next season for Nerazzurri.

SS Lazio v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

UEFA has ruled that Inter Milan has only partially fulfilled its settlement agreement for Financial Fair Play.

On Wednesday, the governing body said that Inter along with Fenerbahce SK and Trabzonspor will still have to abide by FFP regulations.

Fellow Serie A club AS Roma along with FC Krasnodar, FC Lokomotiv Moscow, AS Monaco FC and FC Zenit St. Petersburg all met FFP compliance and were released from their settlement agreement.

The meaning for Inter is they will continue to have to balance their finances for the last two years, when they were not playing in either the Champions League or the Europa League, and reign in expenses on the transfer market.

“As a consequence, the foreseen conditional sporting measures, such as the transfer restrictions and the limitation on the number of players in the List A, will not be lifted and will continue to apply in the season 2018/19. Additional financial contributions, if applicable, will be withheld as specified in each respective agreement,” UEFA said, in a statement.

In a rebuttal statement, the club said the break-even requirement for the 2016-17 season was already met.

“The settlement agreement remains in force until June 2019, squad limits of 22 players will remain in place for European competitions, along with the need to maintain a balance with regard to the values of players bought and sold,” the club said, on its website.

The ruling by UEFA doesn’t come as a big surprise to Inter management as they dip their toe in the mercato waters this month. Already passing on buy options for Barcelona’s Rafinha and Valencia’s Joao Cancelo along with parting ways with Yuto Nagatomo and Joao Mario (at some point anyway), Nerazzurri management seemingly have already prepared for the decision levied by UEFA.

One thing Inter did escape was a transfer ban. This means Inter can still move freely in the transfer season but will have to balance the values of players sold and purchased. The club also avoided any fines.

All-in-all, the biggest blow is only having 22 players on the roster for Champions League matches this season. Outside of that, it will come down to balancing the books for the last two seasons.

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