Mourinho Claims Man City Is Flouting FFP

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Mourinho Claims Man City Is Flouting FFP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, has once again hit out at Manchester City, who he claims are flouting Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and says they should not be Premier League champions.

The Etihad outfit splashed £27m (€36m) on Wilfried Bony, while the Blues also bought Juan Cuadrado for £24.8 million (€33m).

However, Mourinho feels they funded Cuadrado’s transfer by selling Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg, while City only released Matija Nastasic and sent Scott Sinclair on loan.

“It’s something that was explained 18 months ago when I met our owner [Roman Abramovich] and the club board before I joined,” Mourinho told reporters when asked about FFP.

“It was explained the profile of club Mr Abramovich wants, with total respect to the FFP rules. To keep the team strong, with the possibility to compete against the ones financially more powerful or against the ones who don’t care and don’t respect FFP, we had to work very hard.
“In my area, I tried to do that, analysing the players we can sell and those we can buy. But when it goes to numbers, it goes out of my control.

“It’s a good challenge. The only thing that is not nice is that you compete against the ones who don’t follow the same rules. That’s the only problem.
“I don’t think a team can be champions when you are punished, and it’s happened before, because you didn’t comply with FFP.”

Mourinho when asked what the best deterrent would be, replied: “Points [deduction], of course.”


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