Former Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips believes it would be ‘unfair’ for the Premier League to strip the reigning champions of previous titles – if they are found guilty for breaching any of the 115 charges against them. Back in February, it was announced that the Citizens were being charged for allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play and Premier League Profit and Sustainability rules.
City are yet to be charged at this stage, but it remains to be seen whether they are found guilty and what potential punishments they could face. There has been plenty of discussion about what outcome could be reached from the ongoing investigation – with points deductions and stripping of honours being suggested.
However, Wright-Phillips – who played for City between 2008 and 2011 – believes the Premier League should not strip Pep Guardiola’s side of any previous titles they have won. Speaking to NewBettingOffers.co.uk, the ex-City star said: “I don’t think it would be fair for Manchester City to be stripped of any of their previous honours should they be found guilty of any of the charges against them.
“It wouldn’t be fair, and I don’t think clubs would want to take those trophies off of City. They wouldn’t feel like they rightfully deserved them.
“Regardless of what was happening off the pitch when these allegations first surfaced, the team still had to be managed and the players still had to perform in the way they did to win those titles. Whatever happens off the field shouldn’t take away from everything that the managers, players and fans did for the club.
“They are the reason why the club has won what they have. No matter what happens to City I think the fans will all stick together,” he continued.
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“They have been in darker places, when they were down in Division Two the fans were still there, and I don’t think that will change. They just have to keep getting on with things on the pitch at the moment and then cross that bridge when they come to it.
“Until then, they are not guilty. Nothing has happened so far and clearly if they are fighting it then they feel as though they haven’t done anything wrong.”
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