Leicester Joins FFP Party Crashers, But Man City’s Case Stuck in Financial Forensics

Leicester City joined Everton and Nottingham Forest in the Premier League’s bad books for breaching financial fair play regulations. However, Manchester City’s massive 115 charges remain unresolved. What’s causing the disparity in these FFP punishments?

For Everton, Forest, and Leicester, the situation was relatively straightforward.

The Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) set clear spending limits over a three-year period.

These clubs simply exceeded those limits. The evidence was undeniable, and the punishments were swift.

Manchester City’s case, however, is a different beast entirely. They’re not accused of simply overspending, but of potentially concealing their spending.

City vehemently denies any wrongdoing, and this intricate accusation requires a meticulous investigation – sifting through years of financial records takes time, hence the delay.

Adding another layer of complexity is the lack of a standardized punishment system for FFP breaches from the Premier League.

Unlike a yellow card for a minor foul, there’s no set penalty for financial transgressions.

Every case requires a deep dive into the specifics, considering the severity of the offense and any mitigating factors.

Think of it like a judge determining a sentence – a one-size-fits-all approach wouldn’t be fair.

Written by Nigel Naicker