Liverpool legend John Aldridge has been speaking about the charges that Man City and Chelsea face after Everton was handed a 10-point deduction by the Premier League.
Last week, Everton was handed a 10-point deduction by the Premier League for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. This punishment has left the relegation-threatened Liverpool rival in a precarious position. And it has also led to speculation about whether other clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea will face similar consequences.
But John Aldridge, a Liverpool legend, has claimed that neither Manchester City nor Chelsea will receive a points deduction of the same magnitude as Everton. Aldridge has suggested that these clubs have enough financial power to avoid such severe penalties. He has suggested that Everton’s lack of resources may have contributed to their harsh punishment, while City and Chelsea have the means to fight any charges against them.
“Everton were a sitting duck,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool ECHO column. “I don’t know how you gauge it so I guess it all comes down to what happens in future. We’ve all seen what’s gone on with Chelsea under Roman Abramovich or everything at Man City — 115 charges.
“Was it because the other teams have gone on to do well? The others are in the top six? Perhaps it has to do with Everton not having the money to fight it. City have got unlimited amounts, Chelsea have got unlimited amounts, so they’ve scared off the people who are trying to do them for years, delaying and delaying… Everton physically could not do that — I’m sure they would have done too with the same resources. I hope that fairness prevails at the end of the day — if it is good enough for Everton then it is certainly good enough for City and any other club.”
The Premier League has charged Manchester City with more than 100 FFP rule breaches between 2009 and 2018. However, the club is still awaiting the league’s decision on what punishment, if any, will be imposed. On the other hand, Chelsea is under investigation over alleged financial breaches self-reported by Todd Boehly’s consortium after their takeover of the club in May 2022.
Aldridge’s comments reflect concerns among fans of Manchester City and Chelsea about the potential repercussions they may face. While Everton received a 10-point deduction for a single breach, City is alleged to have committed 115 breaches. The unprecedented nature of both cases makes it difficult to predict what actions the Premier League will take, with a wide variety of options on the table.
Liverpool.com says: The uncertainty surrounding the FFP investigations adds to the intrigue of the Premier League soap opera. Fans and pundits alike are eagerly awaiting the league’s rulings on Manchester City and Chelsea. The outcome of these cases could have significant implications for the clubs involved and the future of FFP enforcement in English football. Liverpool and everyone else, though, will simply have to wait and see what happens. It could yet be some time before we hear the final outcome.
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