Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and other clubs are closely monitoring the club’s situation regarding potential Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches.
The Guardian and international outlets, including the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Germany’s Paper Trail Media, have launched an investigation into a series of payments worth tens of millions of pounds during former owner Roman Abramovich’s time at Stamford Bridge.
The payments are reportedly routed through offshore vehicles owned by the Russian billionaire, with the transactions thought to be for the Blues’ benefit.
Four leading sports lawyers have told them that some of the payments may have broken both Premier League and UEFA regulations regarding FFP.
Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes that a financial penalty or burden is less likely than a points deduction. The club currently sits 10th in the table, with 16 points from their opening ten Premier League outings.
The Premier League charged City with 115 suspected breaches of the top flight’s financial rules from the 2009/10 campaign to the 2017/18 season.