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UEFA relaxes Man City, PSG Champs League sanctions

June 11, 2014 GMT

SAO PAULO (AP) — UEFA has relaxed Champions League sanctions imposed on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain after accepting a request from players’ union FIFPro.

UEFA says the teams only have to include five home-trained players in their 21-man squads next season instead of the expected eight.

Gianni Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary, says it accepted FIFPro’s request made last month in Lisbon, Portugal.

City and PSG were fined 60 million euros ($82 million) spread over three years and forced to limit their Champions League squads to 21 instead of 25 senior players after violating UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

Infantino says “we looked at it and it was felt appropriate there for the number (of home-grown players) to be proportionally reduced as well.”

UEFA also fined Man City and PSG.