Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss says FFP sanctions should change

Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini
Jose Mourinho and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini have also previously been opponents in Spain

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says clubs who breach Financial Fair Play rules should be penalised with sporting sanctions, rather than fines.

Premier League champions Manchester City, who Chelsea meet on Sunday, were fined £49m - £32m of which is suspended - in May over FFP.

"Are the fines fair? I don't think so. What is fair is to remove points and titles," Mourinho, 51, said.

"If you win titles and are then penalised economically, you continue."

City, who posted combined losses of £148.1m in 2012 and 2013, also had their Champions League squad for this season capped at 21 players, rather than the maximum 25.

What is Financial Fair Play?
The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) was set up in June 2012 to oversee the application of the Uefa Club Licensing System and Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Clubs cannot repeatedly spend more than their generated revenues, and clubs will be obliged to meet all their transfer and employee payment commitments at all times.
Higher risk clubs that fail certain indicators will also be required to provide budgets detailing their strategic plans.
Teams participating in Uefa club competitions have had their transfer and employee payables monitored since the summer of 2011. The break-even assessment covering the financial years ending 2012 and 2013 will be assessed during 2013-14.

In the summer transfer window, they were permitted to spend £49m, as well as the money they received from selling players and their wage bill for this season must not exceed that of last term.

Mourinho, though, highlighted the Champions League sanction as ineffective.

"If you have to take one or two players off your list for the Champions League and instead of going with 24 go with 22, no problem," said the Portuguese.

"But say you start the next championship with six points deducted, which means that you don't play in the Champions League, but in the Europa League - that is more serious."

City's spending came with the help of a takeover by the Abu Dhabi United group in 2008, much like Chelsea benefitted from Roman Abramovich's arrival in 2003.

But Mourinho insists that the Blues will adhere to the FFP regulations.

"The teams that benefit from this are the most powerful economically, with more history and more followers," said the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

"Right now, with FFP, we have become a team like any other, managing our resources in a rational manner."