Jamie O’Hara says Man City ‘could be punished like Saracens’ amid claims they are facing RELEGATION to League Two after Champions League ban
Abdul mujeer ansari
Feb. 17, 2020
Manchester City could be punished like Saracens and be kicked out of the Premier League for breaking financial fair play rules, believes Jamie O’Hara.
Those claims come amid reports that, as well as their two-year ban from European football, City could potentially be hit with a points deduction and may even be forced to drop down into LEAGUE TWO.
The Etihad club were hit with their shock suspension from the Champions League and Europa League on Friday, also being fined £25million, for their ‘serious breaches’ of FFP laws.
City have confirmed they will appeal the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but there could be more punishment in store for the reigning Premier League champions.
The Premier League’s own investigation into City’s finances is ongoing, and it has been claimed by The Times that a points deduction for City is a realistic possibility.
That’s the precedent set by the English Football League, who docked nine points from Birmingham City in last season’s Championship campaign over breaches of financial rules.
But what is more stunning are claims that Pep Guardiola’s side could be booted out of the Premier League altogether and forced to compete in the fourth tier.
Pep Guardiola will LEAVE Man City because of European ban, says Jamie O'Hara
According to a report by The Independent , the English top flight has the power to expel teams they feel have voided their Premier League licence – in this case, City deliberately overstating sponsorship revenue.
The report also states the English Football League have recently changed their rules so that ‘any club in this situation must start again… in League Two’.
It would be quite something to see the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling up against teams such as League One relegation battlers Southend United, with Pep Guardiola in the dugout at old Roots Hall.
While many will doubt this will actually happen, though, former Tottenham midfielder O’Hara says there’s no reason why not.
Especially after seeing current rugby union top-flight and European champions Saracens relegated from the Premiership for breaking the division’s strict wage cap rules.
“If they’re going to punish Man City, they could do what they’ve done with Saracens – take all their points off them and relegate them,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.
“They could go down, why not?
“Saracens are the biggest team in rugby and they’re having to go down, so why can’t it happen to Man City?”
Watch a clip of Jamie O’Hara on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above
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