‘We cannot act like them’ – Rivals have say on Man City’s Premier League FFP charges

City were charged with 115 breaches of Premier League rules with the process ongoing with a verdict potentially 18 months away. Everton were docked 10 points for their breaches of FFP regulations in accordance with exceeding the allowed losses over the Covid-19 period as City wait to see what, if any, punishment comes their way.

Unsurprisingly rival managers have had their – with some more damning than others. Here&aposs a look at what those bosses have said on the subject

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)

The German is arguably the most outspoken of any opposition manager about City&aposs situation. It impacts Liverpool most, with the Reds rivalling City for the league title until the final day on two different occasions, while there have been other occasions that the Reds have battled City in domestic competitions and lost.

He said upon City&aposs initial two-year ban from UEFA before it was overturned: “No matter what it costs, you just do it. I know City will not like it, nobody will like it, youve asked the question but you know the answer. What does Liverpool do? We cannot act like them. It is not possible. Not possible. It is just clear and again you know the answer.

FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and they have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.

“If the richest clubs and countries can do what they want to do, then that makes it difficult. That would lead to a world league, it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs.

It is not up to me to judge this and I don&apost. I just hope we stick to this FFP system and I hope it stays as it kind of gives borders where you can go and that is good for football. If no-one has to care anymore it makes the competition difficult.

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)

Arteta was Pep Guardiola&aposs understudy for three years while City won the Premier League title in 2018/19 with 100 points, and naturally the Arsenal boss was tight-lipped on the situation as the investigation coincided with his time in the north-west.

Speaking in February, the Spaniard said: “I&aposm not making any comment on that, Im sorry. I cant respond to that question, because Id be responding to the previous question and I dont want to do that.

Erik ten Hag (Manchester United)

The Dutchman insists that the Red Devils will do everything in their power to match FFP regulations, otherwise it takes away from the integrity of the sport.

He said: Every time you tell me &aposbring this player in&apos, you have to match the FFP regulations. You have to do it. It gives you limitations and within those rules you have to construct the best squad possible. When you set such rules, everyone has to match the rules because otherwise it&aposs not fair anymore.

Sean Dyche (Everton)

Everton perhaps aren&apost direct rivals of City&aposs when it comes to league position, but they have had their own downfalls with FFP after being docked 10 points earlier this month – and Dyche backed Guardiola as he claimed he won&apost know everything that has been going on behind the scenes.

The former Burnley boss said of his side&aposs position: “I think I follow the clubs words, I dont know every inch of what went on in the past, I dont know every inch of the commission and why theyve come out with what theyve come out with but I certainly believe in what the club put forward, the fact that its disproportionate and it feels like its unjust and I think there are plenty of voices out there who think the same. That said, whats done is done for now obviously, appeal pending so therefore we have to get on with it. Thats just the simple fact of it.

“The timing was strange because wed all disbanded for different reasons so to find out then was not perfect. To get the players together just this morning because theyre all back from international duty, to speak to them, and they seemed very driven to the fact that I started the interview with and thats the fact that on the pitch is still the vital thing.