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Chelsea and Manchester City are unlikely to face the type of sanction received by Everton over their breach of the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules.
The Toffees were last week slammed with a 10-point deduction for recording far more losses than the division allows in a three-year period.
Everton chiefs have sworn to appeal the decision, which now leaves them in the relegation zone, but it has also thrown fans of Chelsea and Man City into panic mode as both clubs continue to be under the spotlight for FFP-related violations.
City were charged with 115 FFP violations that date back to 2009 earlier this year, and while the Citizens are yet to know what their punishment will be, fans are concerned they may even lose the league titles they won during the time under scrutiny.
Chelsea are also under investigation for payments that were made to third parties during the Roman Abramovich era, and risk getting punished if found guilty, but former Liverpool star, John Aldridge doesn’t think that the Blues and Man City will suffer the same type of fate as Everton— which he thinks was too much.
“Everton were a sitting duck,” Aldridge told the Liverpool ECHO.
“I don’t know how you gauge it so I guess it all comes down to what happens in future. We’ve all seen what’s gone on with Chelsea under Roman Abramovich or everything at Man City – 115 charges.
“Was it because the other teams have gone on to do well? The others are in the top six? Perhaps it has to do with Everton not having the money to fight it.
“City have got unlimited amounts, Chelsea have got unlimited amounts, so they’ve scared off the people who are trying to do them for years, delaying and delaying… Everton physically could not do that – I’m sure they would have done too with the same resources.”
Aldridge added: “The league are under pressure to do something and I’m waiting to see if they follow suit now, with that club (City) in particular.
“I hope that fairness prevails at the end of the day – if it is good enough for Everton then it is certainly good enough for City and any other club.”