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The Impact of UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulation on Audit Fees: Evidence from Spanish Football

Version 1 : Received: 19 September 2018 / Approved: 20 September 2018 / Online: 20 September 2018 (04:26:41 CEST)

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Mareque, M.; Barajas, A.; Lopez-Corrales, F. The Impact of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Financial Fair Play Regulation on Audit Fees: Evidence from Spanish Football. Int. J. Financial Stud. 2018, 6, 92. Mareque, M.; Barajas, A.; Lopez-Corrales, F. The Impact of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Financial Fair Play Regulation on Audit Fees: Evidence from Spanish Football. Int. J. Financial Stud. 2018, 6, 92.

Journal reference: Int. J. Financial Stud. 2018, 6, 92
DOI: 10.3390/ijfs6040092

Abstract

This paper analyzes if the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations set by UEFA have influenced the auditing fees charged to the football clubs. In addition, it explores the determinants of audit fees. We use a two-sample t test with equal variances to determine whether differences are present. After this, we carry out a panel data regression with clubs fix effect to estimate the determinants of audit fees in football clubs. Our findings reveal an increase of audit fees after the implementation of FFP regulations. On top of that, audit fees are explained by the presence of foreign investors if the audit firm is one of the Big4 and if the auditor is a woman. The regulation change has an impact on the audit fees charged by auditors for their services. However, this increase can be compensated across future years given the improving financial situation of clubs; therefore, the auditors’ risk diminishes and subsequent audit fees may be reduced. UEFA should monitor audit fees as well as the quality of the audit reports, which have become crucial to obtaining the license to participate in UEFA competitions.

Subject Areas

football; audit fees; audit shopping; financial fair play; UEFA

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