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Aston Villa could follow Man City in suing Premier League over PSR rules

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Manchester City are attempting to sue the Premier League over their spending rules and now Aston Villa could do the same, with co-owner Nassef Sawiris labelling them ‘anti-competitive’

Nassef Sawiris (right) has called for the Premier League to overhaul their financial rules(Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Aston Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris has revealed that he’s contemplated taking legal action against the Premier League like Manchester City.

While they face 115 financial charges from Premier League chiefs, reigning champions City filed a 165-page legal document last week claiming they’re the victims of ‘discrimination’, arguing that regulations which were approved by their top-flight rivals were aimed at preventing them from enjoying further success, labelling it the ‘tyranny of the majority’.




Villa have also thought about lodging an official complaing, as Sawiris – who bought the club alongside American businessman Wes Edens in 2018 – has slammed ‘anti-competitive’ spending rules which he believes are blocking Villa from reaching the next level.

Calling for reform in an interview with the Financial Times, Egpyt’s richest man bemoaned: “Some of the rules have actually resulted in cementing the status quo more than creating upward mobility and fluidity in the sport.

“The rules do not make sense and are not good for football. Managing a sports team has become more like being a treasurer or a bean counter rather than looking at what your team needs. It’s more about creating paper profits, not real profits. It becomes a financial game, not a sporting game.”

In addition, Sawiris described the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules – which Everton and Nottingham Forest have breached in recent years resulting in points deductions – as ‘opaque and… seemingly arbitrary’.

Villa are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs who harbour sympathy towards City alongside Chelsea and Newcastle, who’ve both had a change of ownership in the past three years. Unai Emery’s Villa qualified for the Champions League in the season just gone by finishing fourth, although they could have to sell a number of key players in order to stay in line with PSR.

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