Newcastle United could get a major Champions League boost if Manchester City and Chelsea are punished due to Financial Fair Play breaches.
Everton have been given a 10-point Premier League deduction after breaking financial regulations. This has prompted calls for a harsh clamp down on the English champions who are in an ongoing tussle with the organisers.
With regards to City’s accusations, a statement read: “Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel in accordance with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.
“The proceedings before the Commission will, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private. Under Premier League Rule W.82.2, the Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website.
“This confirmation is made in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1. The Premier League will be making no further comment in respect of this matter until further notice.”
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Miguel Delaney of The Independent said: “Figures involved don’t seem to think any prospective punishments would be retrospective or ‘looking backwards’ (ie stripping titles) but this is all described as ‘unprecedented’.”
However Martyn Ziegler, a journalist for The Times, said that ‘the threat of a 30-point deduction or automatic relegation from the Premier League would look to be very real’ for both City and Chelsea. Both teams are under investigation by the Premier League and the Football Association for potential breaches of football rules.
Such deductions could create a clearer pathway for Newcastle’s push for the top four. City’s title bid would crumble and Chelsea’s attempts to return to Europe would also take a big hit.
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