Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat Liverpool and Chelsea to win their second Premier League title last season, but Jose Mourinho believes they should be stripped of the award…
Jose Mourinho has cut short his media blackout, with the Chelsea boss berating Manchester City for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. He believes the Premier League champions should be stripped of last year’s title, as their breach of the rules gave them an unfair advantage.
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City beat Liverpool and Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, but have since been fined £49m for their violation of FFP rules. Mourinho believes however, that the punishment should go further; even stretching to a points deduction.
The Blues boss had successfully held his tongue since landing in hot water over comments regarding controversial striker Diego Costa, but broke his silence in order to criticise his main title rivals. The Brazilian born Spanish international is currently serving a three-match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can, a suspension which Mourinho claimed is part of a campaign against his side.
Mourinho, who was quoted by BBC Sport, said: “I don’t think a team can be champions when you are punished because you didn’t comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP).
“I enjoy the challenge of the English competition. It’s a good challenge. The only thing that is not nice is that you compete against the ones who don’t follow the same rules.
“Our work to keep the team strong, with possibility to compete against the ones financially more powerful or against the ones who don’t care and don’t respect Financial Fair Play… we had to work very, very hard.”
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