Huge 'anti-competitive' FFP claim made that is locking the PIF's spending power at Newcastle

Aston Villa owner Nassef Sawiris is considering legal action against the Premier League's 'anti-competitive' financial rules - which have 'cemented the status quo'.

The Premier League's profit and sustainability rules limit losses to £105m over a three-year period, but Sawiris has rightly pointed out that the regulations have failed to keep pace with inflation since being introduced more than a decade ago. For upwardly mobile sides, such as Villa and Newcastle United, that has made it difficult to compete with the established order and their bigger revenues - even after breaking into the top four.

Villa were unable to raise the PSR limit to £135m next season following a vote at the top-flight's annual general meeting last week. Crystal Palace also failed with their suggestion that Premier League sides competing in Europe should be able to claim the difference in coefficient funding between themselves and the top club in the continent as allowable losses.

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The existing regulations will remain in place next season, but clubs agreed to trial squad cost rules and top to bottom anchoring rules in shadow. Sawiris, however, has slammed the current rules as 'anti-competitive' and the billionaire is even seeking legal advice on whether to lodge a formal complaint against them.

“Some of the rules have actually resulted in cementing the status quo more than creating upward mobility and fluidity in the sport,” he told the Financial Times. “The rules do not make sense and are not good for football.”

He added: "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.”