Derby County owner Mel Morris comments on Financial Fair Play, contradicts Fawaz Al-Hasawi's tweet

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Contrary to Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi's latest tweet, Derby County owner Mel Morris says the club are comfortably within Financial Fair Play regulations.

New Derby County owner Mel Morris reiterated the club were not falling foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, despite claims from Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi suggesting that the Rams could be put under an embargo. 

As previously reported by HITC, on Friday, while replying to a supporter on Twitter, Fawaz made the comment that he had heard Derby would be placed under restrictions soon, presumably for breaking the FFP regulations. 

Nevertheless, the new Derby owner said in an interview with Sky Sports, soon after announcing the purchase of his boyhood club, that the club were comfortably within the specifications laid out by UEFA and wouldn't be punished for their summer spending. 

"We were one of the clubs that was very strong and very clear in supporting the idea of FFP,'' Morris told Sky Sports.  ''We feel comfortable this year we will be within the FFP guidelines

"We want to get to the Premier League, but we want to get to a position where we can sustain ourselves in the Premier League, and that's a very different thing.'' 

Should Derby be punished for spending in such excess? 

Although the Rams have been the biggest spenders in the Championship this summer, the chairman's comments will ease supporters' minds that they won't be punished for their spending in the future. 

Financial Fair Play has been discussed to the death since the green light to move ahead with the regulations in 2010, but there won't be many men in football that know the regulations better than Derby CEO Sam Rush. 

The former super-agent and lawyer, turned club executive, has been an ardent supporter of the regulations since he took over Tom Glick's post in the East Midlands in 2012 and will no doubt have the club on a short leash when it comes to playing with the boundaries of what is acceptable. 

Derby fans should keep the faith with their ownership group and ignore the speculation that they could be a club in the crosshairs when it comes to falling foul of the FFP. 

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