Points deduction – Stoke City vice chairman John Coates answers fan fears



Vice chairman John Coates was quizzed at last night’s Fan Forum on the possibility of Stoke City being deducted points for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules.

Stoke’s expenditure over the past couple of years, together with the failure to sell big-name players, has left them close to over-stepping the mark on spending and so incurring penalties.

The vice chairman was asked last night if he was confident Stoke would not face a points deduction and he replied with one word: “Yes.”

Asked later about the issue, he added: “We understand all the talk about profit and sustainability.

“I think we’ve tried to be very honest out there about our views of the current rules.

“What I can tell you is that we don’t foresee coming under such a sanction next season.”

Chief executive Tony Scholes said of the Financial Fair Play rules, and the penalties that go with them: “It’s something that occupies our mind all the time.

“We don’t like the rules, we think the rules are ill conceived, we think they make you dumb down.

“What the league should be doing is encourage the clubs to invest and get as close to the Premier League as we possibly can.

“You will never see us criticising another club in relation to those rules and it’s unseemly when you see another club trying desperately to see another club get docked points.

“We are lobbying to try and change the rules and if we don’t then we have to operate within the structure.”





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