Wigan to receive Manchester City's Financial Fair Play windfall

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Having featured in the Europa League last season, Wigan will profit from Manchester City’s failure to comply with FFP.

The Premier League champions were fined £50 million for breaching UEFA financial regulations, although they may only have to pay out £20 million if they break-even in future seasons.

Along with Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St. Petersburg, the three rule breakers will be fined a combined total of £20 million in the first round of penalty payments, and UEFA’s decision to share the money amongst European clubs who did obey the rules last season means that these teams are directly funding their rivals.

Whilst a negligible fee will be paid out, one club to profit from the over spender's actions is Championship side Wigan Athletic, who are set for a £200,000 payment, as reported by The Guardian.

The Latics featured in last season’s Europa League, despite their current Football League status, having qualified as FA Cup winners in 2013. Whilst Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea will all receive similar payments, the income will go much further in the Championship, especially with Wigan currently planning for a new training ground complex and looking for promotion back to the Premier League.

Despite not losing their first three European games, Wigan’s run in the Europa League ended in the Group Stage, claiming just five points to finish in last place.

Top flight sides Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur are also set to benefit from the extra income, having both played in European competitions last season.

If Man City fail to comply in future seasons, Wigan could be on the receiving end of further payments, with the Premier League club still owing roughly £40 million dependant on future accounts.

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