Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that rivals Manchester City should not be allowed to be Premier League champions due to breaching Financial Fair Play rules, BBC Sport has reported.
“I don’t think a team can be champions when you are punished because you didn’t comply with Financial Fair Play,” said the Portuguese, whose side currently lead Man City by five points in this season’s title race with 15 games still to play.
The Citizens were crowned Premier League winners last season, but were fined by UEFA shortly afterwards for FFP breaches. They were then punished by having their Champions League squad for this term reduced, and given spending restrictions by European football’s governing body, who introduced the regulations in 2012.
Despite coming under increasing pressure to reduce their spending, Man City were responsible for the biggest deal of the January transfer window, signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for some £28m.
Mourinho is also keen for clubs that breach FFP rules to be punished by points deductions, a measure that could come into effect as early the end of next season when new guidelines will be announced by UEFA, which will state that no Premier League club can make losses of more than £105m over the previous three campaigns.
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