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Now Aston Villa are ready to sue the Premier League! Owner reveals club considering legal action over PSR rules – just 24 hours after Man City’s top-flight action began


Aston Villa owner Nassef Sawiris is considering legal action against the Premier League over its «anti-competitive» spending rules.

The club will be in the Champions League next season, but to meet the top flight’s profitability and sustainability regulations, they will have to sell players this month, with key midfielder Douglas Luiz in talks with Juventus.

Villa have advanced talks over a £16.9m cash deal that would see unwanted Juve players Weston McKennie and Samuel Iling move to Villa Park.

But Sawiris is unhappy with the system, which allows clubs to lose a maximum of £105m over three years. Luiz may not be Villa’s only sale before June 30, with defender Matty Cash being offered to clubs across Europe including AC Milan.

The Egyptian billionaire told the Financial Times that he was considering filing an official legal complaint.

Aston Villa owner Nassef Sawiris (pictured right with co-owner Wes Edens) is considering legal action against the Premier League over its «anti-competitive» spending rules.

Villa must sell players this month to comply with PSR rules, with Douglas Luiz set to leave despite the Brazilian midfielder being a key player in their squad.

Villa must sell players this month to comply with PSR rules, with Douglas Luiz set to leave despite the Brazilian midfielder being a key player in their squad.

Villa have advanced talks with Juventus over a £16.9m cash deal for Luiz, which would include unwanted players Weston McKennie (above) and Samuel Ilingo moving to Villa Park.
Iling is a 20-year-old winger who spent time in Chelsea's academy as a youngster.

Villa have advanced talks with Juventus over a £16.9m cash deal for Luiz, which would see unwanted players Weston McKennie (left) and Samuel Iling (right) moved to Villa Park.

He said: “Some of the rules have actually done more to entrench the status quo than create upward mobility and fluidity in the sport. The rules make no sense and are not good for football.

“Managing a sports team has become more about being a cashier or a bean counter than looking at what your team needs. It is more about making paper profits rather than real profits. It becomes a financial game, not a sporting game.” He added that the PSR rules are “opaque and … seemingly arbitrary”.

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Everton and Nottingham Forest were awarded eight and four points respectively for breaching PSR rules last season, although both managed to avoid relegation.

And Leicester, newly promoted from the Championship, look set to start next season with a points deduction after also being charged earlier this year.

Losing Luiz would be a huge blow for Unai Emery ahead of Villa's Champions League campaign

Losing Luiz would be a huge blow for Unai Emery ahead of Villa’s Champions League campaign

Sawiris’ words also come just a week after Man City launched legal action against the Premier League in a separate case over their Associated Party Transaction (APT) rules.

In a 165-page legal document, the champions claimed they were the victims of «discrimination» and that regulations passed by rivals, which they believe are designed to limit their success, are the «tyranny of the majority».

City has said the league’s APT rules are illegal and is seeking to have them overturned. They are also seeking damages, which some believe could run into the tens of millions.

City’s action against the top group began on Monday.



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