When they published their last set of audited accounts, in November last year Aberdeen made a point of highlighting how they had complied with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play.
After Celtic no club has suffered more than the Dons from the win at any cost attitude operated by clubs from Ibrox.
As Derek McInnes gets taunted and insulted at every turn from the mouthpiece that is Pedro Caixinha perhaps the Pittodrie boss is wondering if there is any benefit to FFP?
This morning McInnes can read about an approach for Ryan Jack and another planned for Kenny McLean by a club that would struggle to spell FFP although a similar slogan remains popular.
Explaining the club accounts chief executive Duncan Fraser said: “The financial performance discussed above delivered a trading surplus for the third successive year, with an operating profit of £448,000 (2015 – £542,000). This is a noteworthy statistic which will help us to deliver a balanced budget over the medium-term and puts the Club in a strong position when subjected to monitoring under UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.”
With no comment coming from the SFA for a club that breaks multiple FFP rules what will it take for someone to speak up about this matter.
Perhaps Derek McInnes should demand that the Pittodrie maintenance budget is offered to Jack as a signing on fee or some wealthy fans could fund the signing of the next Joey Garner?
With no audited accounts, a stadium that the local council won’t publish documentation relating to it’s safety certificate, £20m of soft loans and the threat of the cold shoulder from the Takeover Appeal Board what more evidence is needed of the double standards in the Scottish game.
It seems that Ann Budge would rather that Hearts miss out on Europa League qualifiers than discuss FFP which leaves the ball in Aberdeen’s court.
Will it take Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean scoring at Pittodrie next season then kissing the club badge in front of their new hate filled supporters to get the Aberdeen board to back up their passion for FFP?