Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Manchester City should be punished by deducting their points for breaching UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) regulations.
Manchester City were imposed a fine of 49 million Euros last season as they violated the FFP last year and were also hit with a spending cap. UEFA FFP regulations suggest that a club should not spend beyond their range or make losses of above 45 million euros over three seasons.
Despite getting fined by UEFA last summer, Manchester City have gone to make their big money urchases by signing Eliaquim Mangala for a record £42.9 million last summer, Wilfried Bony for £28 million in January and have not sold any big players to balance their accounts.
Mourinho said, “When Manchester City pays off a £50 million fine because they exceeded the FFP, I think it’s unfair. FFP should be fulfilled and that’s it.
[Clubs] should be punished with loss of points. Our owner [Roman Abramovich] wants to fulfil FFP. He doesn’t want to enter these dynamics of paying the fine.
FFP benefits clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern, who have a big fanbases and get huge revenues on sponsorship and merchandising. At Chelsea, for instance, we refuse to pay any fine. We live with what we produce. “
Chelsea however made big money purchases last summer by signing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Cuadrado but managed to balance their books with the sales of David Luiz, Lukaku and Schrrule.
Manchester City clearly need to off-load some of their players who are surplus to their needs if they want to sustain FFP regulations. Should UEFA decide to deduce points of Manchester City, Chelsea will have one of their opponents out of the title race which has all but done.