With the news that Premier League rivals Everton were handed a swift 10-point deduction after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, those at Chelsea and Manchester City are suddenly looking over their shoulders.
While Sean Dyche's side saw a five-place drop from 14th down into the relegation zone, their breach was significantly less than what either the Blues or the Citizens have been accused of meaning the punishment could be more severe. Under Todd Boehly's 18-month reign, the Blues have already spent over £1billion in transfers alone and after a recent investigation into alleged payments made by the club while former owner Roman Abramovich was still in charge, it could be a recipe for disaster.
These payments are reportedly 'routed through offshore vehicles' which belong to the Russian billionaire, who was forced to sell the club in 2022 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine saw sanctions imposed on his UK assets. The transactions are believed to be for Chelsea's benefit, with some questioning whether the governing bodies were made aware of the accounts.
Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola's side are already under investigation for 115 alleged breaches of FFP although the case itself is unlikely to be sorted for years to come given the immense scrutiny it will have to undergo. The alleged breaches were committed from a period starting in 2009 and ending in 2018 and will also be referred to an independent commission, much like Everton's case.
A statement from the league read: «An independent Commission has imposed an immediate deduction of 10 points on Everton FC for a breach of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs).
»The Premier League issued a complaint against the Club andRead on football.london