Chelsea and Manchester City could be playing with trimmed squads in European competitions or could even be expelled if they decide to spend more on buying players this season.
UEFA's strict financial fair play rules have been brought in this season and as per the rules, clubs are not allowed to have arrears of more than £36 million over a period of two years. Although the sanctions for defaulting clubs will be enforced from the 2013-14 season as reported by a UK website, City and Chelsea have almost no chance to cut back their losses to within acceptable limits.
The situation seems bleak, more for the Manchester club with losses of £197m last year. Their London counterparts were £67.7m in arrears.