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Chuck them out- Stan Collymore goes to town on the cheating clubs

Stan Collymore wants football clubs that fall foul of Financial rules to be stripped of titles and trophies as well as being heavily fined with presentations made to clubs and players that suffered through playing by the rules.

After carrying out due diligence to buy out Roman Abramovich’s stake in the former EPL and Champions League winners it seems that the new Chelsea owners are alarmed about some of the methods that were used by the Russian oligarch.

Money was no object for Chelsea when Abramovich took over, Jose Mourinho was hired to kick off an unprecedented run of success that changed the landscape of English football.

Manchester City mirrored that under their owners from Abu Dhabi with Newcastle United the latest EPL club to be flooded by new finances.

Financial Fair Play has been introduced and has now been replaced by Financial Sustainability which is aimed at limiting the outside investment being poured into clubs which skews competition.

Collynore is very much a traditionalist, growing up in an era when Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa could expect to win the the First Division title under inspired management and a few key players in a squad of 16 hitting a rick seam of form.

These days ambitions seem limited to winning a place in the Europa League or more realistically avoiding relegation to stay on board the EPL gravy train.

Sparing no-one, Collymore took to Twitter

Sky Sports reported:

The Premier League is investigating Chelsea for potential financial rule breaches during Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club.

Chelsea’s new owners reported their own club to UEFA and the Premier League after their takeover last summer.

At present, Chelsea have not been charged with anything by the Premier League. If they were found guilty of rule breaches, sanctions could include a fine or a points deduction.

On July 28, UEFA announced they had fined Chelsea €10m (£8.6m) for “submitting incomplete financial information” between 2012 and 2019.

When approached by Sky Sports News, Chelsea chose not to comment.

In Scotland there appears to be no form of Financial Sustainability although UEFA now audit licencing applications rather than allowing self certification.

Over recent seasons Hearts, Clyde, Albion Rovers and Ayr United have ad points docked or been knocked out of cup competitions for registration breaches.

Last season Inverness Caley Thistle lost at home to Queens Park in the Scottish Cup but were reinstated after the Glasgow side were found guilty of using an ineligible player. Billy Dodds’ side took full advantage by going on a money spinning run to the final where they lost to Celtic.

The SPL held an enquiry into registration breaches by Rangers between 2000 and 2011 in which they failed to disclose full details of payments made to over 30 players as well as coaches, managers and club officials including the President of the SFA.

Effectively ineligible players had been used in competitive matches over more than a decade which denied other clubs trophies and prize money.

Motherwell, Dundee United, Falkirk and Queen of the South lost cup finals to a club that was fielding ineligible players.

The SFA decided not to take any retrospective action on Scottish Cup ties while the SPL handed out a fine of £250,000 for a decade of denying member clubs prize money and titles.

No club raised any complaints about the scale of the ‘punishment’.

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