Lawyer sends relegation warning to former clients Man City over FFP charges as Newcastle watch on

Man City could face huge sanctions if they are found guilty of breaching Premier League rules. (Getty Images)
Man City could face huge sanctions if they are found guilty of breaching Premier League rules. (Getty Images)

English champions Manchester City could face the prospect of being relegated to the Championship if they are found guilty of breaking the Premier League’s FFP rules, according to lawyer Stefan Borson.

Borson used to work as an advisor for the Citizens and has warned the club to be apprehensive about what may follow if they are found guilty of the charges.

His comments come just a few days after Everton were deducted 10 points for breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations, a decision which has seen the Toffees descend from 14th to 19th in the league table.

Everton are in the process of appealing the league-record sanction which eclipses the deductions that were given to Middlesborough in 1997 and Portsmouth in 2010.

In February, the Premier League brought more than 100 charges of potential financial wrongdoing against the champions, allegations that the club strongly denies in full. Meanwhile, Chelsea are also under investigation for breaching FFP rules, which date back to Roman Abrahamovich’s tenure as owner.

The Citizens are currently top of the league with 28 points from 12 games. They are aiming to become the first team in English history to win four consecutive top-flight titles.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are 10th in the league after 12 games but have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks during a victory over Tottenham and a 4-4 draw with City.

Borson, the chief executive of Watchstone Group, explained that both City and Chelsea are likely to receive a much more severe punishment than Everton, if they are found guilty.

Commenting on social media, he tweeted: “"Without seeing the judgement/award -10 points for Everton feels harsh for a straightforward FFP breach to me. But reinforces that sanctions against City (if proven) and now Chelsea (if charged and admitted on the off-books payments) will be potentially relegation-inducing."