London April 29, 2014, IANS: Following are the English Premier League standings after Monday's match…
Chelsea football team manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that because Manchester City broke Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, they should not be allowed to be Premier League champions.
City won the Premier League title last season but were then fined in May for breaching UEFA’s financial rules.
Although, the Premier League has its own form of financial regulation, Mourinho said that he doesn’t believe a team can be champions when they are punished because they didn’t comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP), the BBC reported.
City were fined 49 million pounds, out of which 32 million pounds was suspended, and had spending restrictions imposed on them as part of their punishment for breaching FFP regulations.
They were also told their wage bill for the 2014-15 campaign must not exceed last season’s total, yet they still spent 28 million pounds on Swansea striker Wilfried Bony in January, the single biggest outlay by an English club in the winter transfer window.
As well as being prevented from winning their domestic title, Mourinho also believes teams should be docked points for failing to comply with FFP, although he would not specify how many.
Although the Premier League’s financial regulations are not as stringent as UEFA’s FFP, huge losses could be punished by the deduction of points when new rules come into effect after the 2015-16 campaign.
The league’s current regulations state that clubs cannot make a loss in excess of 105 million pounds across the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, the report added.