Arsene Wenger hopes Manchester City do not go ‘unpunished’ after the club were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Premier League champions were this week fined €30m and banned from European competition for two seasons from UEFA, though the club have announced their intention to appeal to verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Whilst Wenger believes that the rules regarding financial investment need altering somewhat, the former Arsenal boss believes Pep Guardiola’s side should not go ‘unpunished’ after being found guilty of ‘trying to get around the rules’.
“I was always for control of the financial rules and that the clubs work with the natural income that they have,” Wenger said ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards.
“The rules have been created. I am convinced that at the moment there is an evolution to be made in the way the rules are built up at the moment, but they are what they are and you have to respect them.
“People that don’t respect them and are caught by trying to get around the rules in more or less legal ways have to be punished. If it is proven that this has been done on purpose you cannot let that [go] unpunished.”