Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has questioned whether Manchester City should be allowed their title of Premier League champions, having been found guilty of breaching the rules of Financial Fair Play, reports BBC Sport.
City claimed their second title in three years last season, beating Liverpool to top spot on the final day of the season by two points.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were fined £42million for their breach of FFP rules – £39million of which has been suspended – whilst also having spending restrictions posed on them.
That did not stop City splashing out £28million in the January transfer window on Wilfried Bony, and Mourinho has questioned whether his closest title rivals should have been allowed to claim the Premier League title having been found guilty last May.
Mourinho said: “I don’t think a team can be champions when you are punished because you didn’t comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP).”
Mourinho’s side currently sit five points ahead of City at the top of the Premier League, and the Chelsea boss has hinted his closest rivals should be deducted points for their failure to comply with the rules – although he did not specify how many.
He added: “I enjoy the challenge of the English competition.
“It’s a good challenge. The only thing that is not nice is that you compete against the ones who don’t follow the same rules.
“Our work to keep the team strong, with possibility to compete against the ones financially more powerful or against the ones who don’t care and don’t respect Financial Fair Play… we had to work very, very hard.”