Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called on UEFA to take strict action like deduction of points or “remove titles” against the teams who break FFP; like Manchester City.
Chelsea are scheduled to meet Manchester City in their Premier League game tomorrow and Mourinho has taken a sensational jibe against their biggest title rivals ahead of this much awaited clash.
Manchester City were fined £50 million by UEFA earlier this year which could be reduced to 20 million pounds. Manchester City also faces a cut to their Champions League squad from 25 to 21 as well as a ban if they do not complete the criteria of FFP. But the Chelsea boss Mourinho feels that financial penalties are meaningless for those clubs who are guilty of spending more than their earnings.
“Everybody knows there are fines and, if these fines exist, control exists,” said Mourinho in an interview with Portuguese news website Maisfutebol.
The Chelsea boss Mourinho feels that there are ways to come out of financial impositions and more savior punishment is required.
“But, anyway, are the fines fair? I don’t think so. In my opinion the first thing to do would be to remove points and remove titles. If you have important capital which allows you to overcome financial fair play, if you win titles and then you are fined economically, you keep doing the same thing.”
Mourinho also stressed that reducing the squad size is not the right way and stricter approach, like banning the entry into Champions League, should be used.
“They will take from you one or two players from the Champions League list [shrugs]. Then, instead of 24, you go with 22. But if you’re stating that you’ll start the next Champions League with six points fewer, or you won’t play in the next edition of the Champions League and will go into the Europa League instead, it is more serious.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Gary Neville has come forward in the support of Manchester City, who are being accused of not following the rules of UEFA’s FFP.
Neville wrote in his column in The Daily Telegraph that: “Their problem, though, is that Financial Fair Play is chasing them down the road. So their option is to sell big now and buy young replacements in the next 12 months.
“I believe FFP treats them unfairly. I notice that their £50m fine is going to be redistributed to other big clubs in the Champions League. Ridiculous. Why would you distribute one club’s fine to the others, to help them?”