Premier League clubs believe Manchester City ‘need to be punished’ for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, but are against the idea of relegating the club from English football’s top tier.
Pep Guardiola’s side were last week hit with a two-season ban from European competition after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, UEFA also sanctioning the club with a fine of €30 million.
Man City have announced they will appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are said remain confident of overturning their punishment, though the Premier League are now also conducting a separate investigation which could see further sanctions handed to the Etihad based outfit.
Amongst the potential penalties should the club be found guilty include retrospective points deductions, whilst speculation has also suggested that the reigning Premier League champions could even face relegation from the top flight.
According to The Athletic, however, whilst their top-flight rivals believe City must be punished for breaking the rules, though they are against the club being relegated, with fears the decision could turn the Premier League into ‘a bit of a circus’.
The reports states that rival clubs believe City are ‘good for the competition and brand’ of England’s top tier, and that their Abu Dhabi takeover has ‘broadly been positive’ for the game in this county. However, there is also an ‘unhappiness’ at City’s ‘aggressive PR’ stance regarding their UEFA ban and ‘reluctance to accept they have broken the rules’.
Premier League rivals also feel that the club’s lavish spending has inflated the market and led to overpaying from rival clubs as a result, including in the recruitment of youth players and coaching staff.
City have compiled a strong legal team as they bid to fight their verdict, the club reportedly unwilling to accept any financial sanction this time around after previously being fined £49million for violations six years ago.