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Shaun Wright-Phillips: Clubs will not want Man City stripped of any titles.

Speaking to former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips gave his thoughts on Everton’s Financial Fair Play breach, and the potential repercussions should it happen to Man City.

Wright-Phillips claimed that it would be unfair if the serial trophy winners were to be stripped of any of their titles – and that other clubs won’t want to claim them either.

Read more on what he had to say below.

Wright-Phillips’ response to City FFP breach rumours.

I can’t say that I know all of the ins and outs of Manchester City’s financial situation, but from what I have heard people say, I believe that their charges are different to Everton’s.

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 from 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. 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.

Everton’s 10-point deduction is “unfair”

The re-emergence of the discussion around Manchester City’s charges was brought about by Everton being handed a 10-point deduction, following The Toffees being found guilty of breaking FFP laws. Wright-Phillips explained that he thought Everton’s 10-point deduction was wrong and unfair on both the players and fans.

The punishment Everton have been given is wrong. What has happened off the pitch is not the players’ fault, it’s not the fans’ fault, but they are being punished for doing nothing wrong.

I think there has to be a better way to handle it because now there is a chance that they will get relegated, and the players don’t deserve that. The fans go every week and spend their money to watch Premier League football, as they have done for so many years, but they too could be punished for what has happened behind the scenes.

Everton’s situation shouldn’t impact the dressing room

With Everton now firmly in the relegation places, Wright-Phillips believes that Toffees’ managers Sean Dyche won’t allow the situation to affect the dressing room.

I don’t think the situation should impact the dressing room. When you’re a player, when you step across that white line, you’re free from all of the outside problems, it’s a safe space where you go and enjoy playing football. There is no one texting you and you can’t read anything going on outside the pitch – it’s just you trying to entertain people. It shouldn’t really affect the Everton players and I don’t think Sean Dyche will let that happen. He will protect the players.

Even though they’ve been deducted 10 points, they still know how to win, and they will. I don’t think Everton will get relegated this season.

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