Chelsea and Man City tipped for relegation by FFP expert following Everton’s shock ten-point penalty
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Chelsea and Man City tipped for relegation by FFP expert following Everton’s shock ten-point penalty

Nov 19, 2023

Chelsea and Manchester City could suffer relegation from the Premier League, according to a former financial advisor.

It comes after Everton were left stunned after being given a ten-point deduction for breaking financial rules having breached profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

Everton were docked ten points for Premier League breaches

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Everton were docked ten points for Premier League breachesCredit: Getty

The Toffees now find themselves in 19th spot, two points off from 17th-placed Luton.

It was previously revealed City face 115 breaches, and Chelsea are being investigated into alleged financial breaches under Roman Abramovich’s ownership.

Stefan Borson, a lawyer who has advised Pep Guardiola‘s side in the past, provided his thoughts on X.

He posted: “Without seeing the judgement/award, minus ten points for Everton feels harsh for a straightforward FFP [Financial Fair Play] breach to me.

“But reinforces that sanctions against City (if proven) and now Chelsea (if charged and admitted on the off-books payments) will be potentially relegation inducing.

“One thing is for sure, given the scale of this sporting sanction, Chelsea’s calculus [in my opinion] that they could breach PL P&S [Profit and Sustainability] and just take a fine as a cost of doing business, must be in urgent and immediate reconsideration.

“The January window may be interesting. Even in the best case, they can no longer rely on being able to convince an Independent Commission to accept their Covid and Sanctions allowances as exceptional adjustments [to the extent that was the plan].”

It remains to be seen what lies ahead following City’s alleged 115 breaches of rules, which include sponsors and contracts.

City and Chelsea are currently being investigated by the Premier League

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City and Chelsea are currently being investigated by the Premier League

Borson added: “Alarmist or not, the sheer extent of the PL charges are at a level that IF found proven, must lead to relegation.”

Chelsea are also treading on thin ice, given they are under investigation over a series of payments connected to ex-owner Abramovich, who owned the club for 19 years.

Simon Jordan reacts to Everton’s 10 point deduction in the Premier League after breaching FFP

Portsmouth were the last Premier League team to be awarded a ten-point penalty in 2010, when entering administration, and they suffered relegation.

The Times’ chief sports reporter, Martyn Ziegler, has since provided his thoughts on the City and Chelsea relegation conundrum.

“I think it is going to be much more serious for both Man City and Chelsea if their charges are proven,” Ziegler told talkSPORT.

“I mean Man City have had 115 charges, Everton just had one, and Chelsea are still under investigation, so we don’t know the number of charges there.

“If you look at Manchester City there are a lot more charges, but they are a lot more serious.

“So, there will be a real fear for Man City, that you are looking at potential relegation from the Premier League.

“How can you possible give something less [to Man City and Chelsea] than what Everton have received with one charge?”


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