Villa financial probe throws up governance dilemmas for Premier League and EFL

7 June 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Aston Villa and captain Jack Grealish, pictured, may escape major punishment for any breaches of the EFL’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules now that they have been promoted to the Premier League.

Points deduction unlikely if club found guilty of FFP breaches, says football finance expert Kieran Maguire.

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Aston Villa may escape major punishment for any breaches of the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules now they are promoted to the Premier League.

That’s the view of football finance expert Kieran Maguire who believes the Premier League will not hit Villa with a points deduction – if an EFL investigation finds they have flouted profit and sustainability regulations.

Maguire tells OffThePitch.com that Premier League bosses are “not duty-bound” to implement any points deduction handed down by the EFL, saying they would resist doing so.

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