Jose Mourinho’s press conference about Man City’s FFP situation in 2020 is going viral again

Jose Mourinho's press conference about Man City's FFP situation in 2020 is going viral again

Back in 2020, Jose Mourinho said it was going to be “the end” of Financial Fair Play after Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League for breaking FFP rules was overturned.

It emerged on Monday morning that the Premier League has charged City with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation, with the alleged allegations taking place from 2009 up to 2018.

If the defending Premier League champions are found guilty of such wrongdoings then they could face sanctions, including losing multiple league titles and a points deduction.

Other possible sanctions range from suspension from competing in league matches to potential expulsion from England’s top flight.

The reaction to City being charged with alleged financial rule-breaking has been huge and now, Jose Mourinho’s comments from 2020, when he said the decision to overturn City’s Champions League ban was a “disgrace” and “the end of FFP”, have gone viral again.

Speaking to talkSPORT in a press conference, he said: “I think it’s going to be the end of the Financial Fair Play, because there is no point.

“If City are not guilty, the decision is a disgrace. If City are guilty, the decision is also a disgrace. It’s a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty of it then you are not punished with £10m.

“If you’re not guilty you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition.

“I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not, but either way it’s a disgraceful decision.”

When asked if he feels FFP is needed, Mourinho added: “I would like to see Financial Fair Play in the proper way.

“I would like to see City considered not guilty and not pay one single pound, or to be considered guilty and to be banned.

“But, in this moment we are speaking about Man City, where in the past other clubs have been in a similar situation and you know the results of it.

“So I think it’s better to open the circus door and let everybody enjoy and go inside for free, do it all with freedom.”


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