There’s a long way to go for this process to play out, but The Mirror is reporting that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among a 76-club list of teams that are being investigated for a breach of Financial Fair Play.
The new “break-even” rules were implemented in 2012, and UEFA revealed 76 clubs – a third of the total teams in European competition – have given the governing body enough reason to dig deeper.
Clubs under investigation have reportedly been informed and were asked to provide financial information for 2013.
None of this means any action will come hammering home on Manchester City or anyone else, but the process has begun.
The most severe sanctions available to UEFA for a full-scale FFP breach could include a stripping of trophies, hefty fines, a salary cap, and a ban on European competitions at a number of levels.
However, those could also be scaled down to small slaps on the wrist like petty fines or warnings.
The public are a long way from finding out any official information on the clubs in question, as UEFA said they would not reveal clubs under investigation until April.
Any potential sanctions would likely not be handed down until June, and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and legal director Alasdair Bell said they are expecting teams to fire back with legal action, going so far as to say a lack of legal backlash would be “strange.”
The pair said UEFA are ready to come down hard on clubs that do not comply, but they don’t expect the full 76 to be in violation. “This figure of 76 clubs is a high figure but it has to be looked at in the perspective of what the end figure will be,” Infantino said.
A busy midweek for Premier League teams in Europe sees some high-profile match-ups when league play resumes this weekend.
Chelsea is hosting former manager Jose Mourinho, Arsenal looks to keep up its red-hot play, and Manchester City is hoping an extra day’s rest on Southampton makes a difference to its recent dry spell.
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Below you will find video previews of all 10 games coming up this weekend in the PL.
Manchester City vs. Southampton — Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Burnley vs. Everton — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Swansea City vs. Watford — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Hull City vs. Stoke City — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Chelsea vs. Manchester United — Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
West Ham United vs. Sunderland — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, watch online via NBC Sports
After Thursday’s thumping of Fenerbahce, Manchester United’s focus turns to Chelsea.
You can bet Jose Mourinho has been daydreaming of this day from the moment he started jockeying for a new Premier League job; leading a team onto the Stamford Bridge pitch to face his former club.
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Two years ago, Mourinho was leading Chelsea to the Premier League title. He didn’t last the next season, as a run of shocking results motivated Chelsea to cut ties with its “Special One”.
Joe Prince-Wright is here with another PST Extra, breaking down Sunday’s big match between Mourinho’s Red Devils and Antonio Conte‘s Blues at 11 a.m. ET.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba scored a pair of goals in Thursday’s big Europa League win over Fenerbahce, but the first was up for discussion.
Wayne Rooney started the game and has handled plenty of penalty kicks in his day, but the captain bowed to Pogba’s request to break the deadlock.
[ WATCH: Pogba’s fantastic goal ]
Pogba would later score a much better looking goal, but many debated the PK duties for much of the game (ad nauseam). Anthony Martial converted United’s second penalty of the night in a 4-1 win, but it was Pogba’s that was at the center of discussion.
From the BBC:
“I told Wayne (Rooney) I wanted to take the penalty and he let me. I am very happy to score that penalty and from a player like him to let me it is big respect so I am very glad.
“I feel comfortable with all of the team. It is just at the start of the season and there is still a long way to go and we want to go up and do our best and be top of the league.”
Pogba certainly knows the right way to turn a phrase, proffering plenty of praise for Rooney. Pogba had a very good game aside from a few early misplaced passes, and this performance could put his form in a fine place for Sunday’s match against Chelsea.
Paul Pogba had a very good match for Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday, but manager Jose Mourinho still wants supporters to pump the brakes as the French midfielder continues adjusting to life in the Premier League.
Pogba, 23, has been under the microscope since returning to Old Trafford after a tremendous stint with Juventus. That scrutiny tends to come with a world record transfer fee.
[ MORE: UEFA Europa League roundup ]
On Thursday, he scored a pair of goals in United’s 4-1 defeat of Fenerbahce, a win that boosted the Red Devils back atop their Europa League group.
Mourinho was obviously asked about his midfielder’s starring performance.
“Paul Pogba needs time. I was in Italy, I know Italian football. To be in Italy for four or five years and come back I was not expecting it to be a click of the fingers for intensity. He needs time.”