Chelsea punishment suggested if found guilty of FFP breach

By Kieran Maguire

21st Nov, 2023 | 12:09pm

Kieran Maguire suggests what punishment Chelsea should face after expert's relegation bombshell

A points deduction is ‘the only suitable punishment’ if Chelsea are found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, who explained exclusively to Football Insider that a points deduction is the only sanction that will stop clubs from bending financial rules.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Chelsea could face a points deduction or even the bombshell of relegation from the Premier League after leaked documents showed payments that could breach FFP.

The alleged payments were made during Roman Abramovich’s tenure at the club and included payments made to player agents.

Everton were recently handed a 10-point deduction after being found guilty of breaching financial rules by an independent commission.

Maguire believes a similar punishment for Chelsea is the only suitable sanction to avoid clubs further bending the rules.

I think you have to punish the offence and under UK law we have what’s known as the veil of incorporation which means that a company is separate from its owners,” Maguire told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

Therefore, it is Chelsea that would be prosecuted and not Roman Abramovich or Todd Boehly.

If Chelsea are found to be guilty, then a points deduction is the right sanction.

I can understand Boehly’s frustration and unhappiness with regards to that, but if clubs could avoid punishment by changing owner then we’d see clubs run up charges, mess around with the rules and then find a patsy to buy the club.

So that has to be considered and a points deduction seems the only suitable punishment.

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