Jose Mourinho not happy with Manchester City's FFP punishment

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City's punishment for breaching Uefa's financial fair play regulations was not stern enough.

The Citizens were fined £49million by the governing body last summer after failing to fall within the guidelines and also saw their Champions League squad restricted from 25 players to 21 as well as a stricter spending cap for the future.

However, Mourinho believes the only way Manchester City would have felt the true effects of their rule break if they were docked Premier League points.

The Blues have worked hard to stay on the right side of these regulations, selling the likes of Juan Mata and David Luiz last season. Mourinho does not believe it is fair for Chelsea to work hard to comply while City simply have to pay a fine for ignoring the rules.

He told the official magazine of the Portuguese FA: "When Manchester City pays off 50 millions of fine because they exceeded the FFP, I think it’s unfair. FFP should be fulfilled and that’s it.

A proper punishment

"(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 fan base and get huge revenues on sponsorship and merchandising. At Chelsea, for instance, we refuse to pay any fine. We live with what we produce."

The argument from City

The problem for Manchester City is that they have invested a huge amount of money into improving the local area and their youth production system.

Their Abu Dhabi owners funded the building of a state-of-the-art training complex and have also strived to keep ticket prices low.

Wasteful spending

However, they have also spent big on players they arguably don't need. The £30m paid for Wilfried Bony seems to have been something of a luxury purchase.

The Ivory Coast international has started just two Premier League game since moving to Manchester with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero seemingly being preferred by Manuel Pellegrini.

A £30m signing would be a huge outlay for any club outside of City, Manchester United or Chelsea and it leaves many wondering whether the club are taking FFP seriously.


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