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Premier League faces legal action from second club as PSR concerns at Manchester United continue

Aston Villa co-owner Nassef Sawiris says he is considering legal action against the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules – with Manchester United one of a number of clubs bound by the restrictions.

Villa, like Manchester United, are one of several Premier League sides looking to manage their costs to ensure they comply with the Premier League’s financial rules – which prohibit teams from making losses of more than £105m over a period for three years. .

At last week’s Premier League AGM, Villa rejected a proposal to increase a club’s allowed losses from £105m to £135m as they seek to build on last season’s Champions League qualification .

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Now Sawiris has called for a review of the Premier League’s current financial performance, which he believes prohibits “upward mobility and fluidity in the sport”.

Speaking to the Financial Times, the Egyptian businessman said: “Some of the rules have actually resulted in reinforcing the status quo rather than creating upward mobility and fluidity in the sport. The rules make no sense and are not good for football.”

He added: “Managing a sports team has become more of a treasurer or a bean counter than looking at what your team needs. It is more about creating profits on paper, not real profits. It becomes a financial game, not a sports game.”

Manchester United were hit by PSR concerns in the January transfer window and were unable to move freely in the transfer market. United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League this season will also limit the amount of revenue brought to Old Trafford.

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