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Second top-flight club 'ready to sue' the Premier League just days after Man City hearing begins

Second top-flight club 'ready to sue' the Premier League just days after Man City hearing begins

Another Premier League could take action against the competition amid Manchester City's legal case.

A second top-flight club are 'ready to sue' the Premier League amid Manchester City's legal action.

Man City have taken legal action against the Premier League over new rules that were introduced in December 2021 and revised in January 2024.

The club are challenging the league's Associated Party Transaction rules (APT), claiming they are unlawful.

A second club could follow Man City in taking action against the Premier League.

Aston Villa are considering league action against the league just days after Man City announced they were suing the competition.

Villa's billionaire co-owner Nassef Sawiris slammed 'anti-competitive' spending rules he believes are blocking the club's progress.

Sawiris, who's Egypt's richest man, said he is contemplating launching an official complaint through legal channels.

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

"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."

He added that PSR rules were 'opaque and... seemingly arbitrary'.

Aston Villa chairman Nassef Sawiris in attendance for a Premier League game. Image: Getty
Aston Villa chairman Nassef Sawiris in attendance for a Premier League game. Image: Getty

Villa were one of three reported clubs to have sympathy with Man City over their legal case against the Premier League.

Newcastle United and Chelsea also believe the Blues have valid concerns.

City chiefs filed a 165-page legal document claiming they are the victims of 'discrimination'.

A two-week private hearing was set to take place this week and the verdict could have ramifications on Man City's 115 alleged breaches.

The hearing is set for November as sanctions range from huge fines to even relegation.

SPORTbible have reached out to Aston Villa for comment.

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Topics: Manchester City, Aston Villa, Football, Premier League