Man City is STILL being investigated by the Premier League for violating financial fair play rules two years after an investigation into alleged cheating by the elected champions was first opened.
- Manchester City are still under investigation for violating financial fair play rules
- City’s investigation into the Premier League still started more than two years ago
- Last February, UEFA City banned two years from the Champions League
- They were also fined € 30 million for ‘serious breaches’ of financial fair play rules
- But CAS overturned the ban and the fine was significantly reduced to 10 million euros
Manchester City are still under investigation for violating financial fair play rules more than two years after the Premier League began an investigation.
Pep Guardiola said the champagne would be in the fridge on Sunday while he watches Liverpool in the hope that they beat rivals Manchester United to seal the title for City.
It was legendary striker Sergio Aguero who, not for the first time, inspired a City victory on Saturday that put them within reach of the trophy.
Manchester City are still being scrutinized by the Premier League for financial fair play
The news comes with Man City on the verge of finalizing the Premier League title
While not as dramatic as the 2012 Etihad scenes, when Aguero’s last goal snatched the title from United, the Argentinian put City ahead against Crystal Palace with a superb finish. “ We can start putting the champagne in the fridge – not just to open it, but to think about it, ” Guardiola said after his side’s win put them 11 points ahead of United with four games to go. .
‘I’ll watch the game (United v Liverpool). I am focused on PSG, but I will check out the game. What happens happens, but the important thing is not that you need them to become a champion. The Premier League is already here, it’s in our hands. We need one more win, two more points. If we don’t win it tomorrow, we’ll try next week. We have four games and we need two points. Four games to become a champion. ‘
City have already won 12 major trophies (four league titles, two FA Cups and six League Cups) in the last 10 years, following Sheik Mansour’s takeover in 2008, since spending more than £ 1.5 billion on the club.
The journey was not entirely smooth, with City twice in violation of UEFA’s FFP regulations. Different governing bodies use different FFP models, but they both limit expenditures beyond what clubs may turn out to be as non-benefactor income.
Man City has won 12 major trophies since acquiring Sheik Mansour in 2008
In 2014, City was fined € 60 million, later reduced to € 20 million, by UEFA and some minor selection and transfer restrictions were imposed after being found guilty of FFP violations. They accepted their debt without appeal.
In February last year, UEFA City imposed a two-year ban from the Champions League and fined € 30 million for “serious violations” of the FFP; that ban was overturned on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last summer and the fine was reduced to 10 million euros for non-cooperation with the UEFA investigation.
With that issue behind them, City clearly seemed to build on their position as the dominant force in English football for the past decade, but sources confirm that the Premier League’s own investigation into City, launched in March 2019, was ‘unresolved’ remains.
That 2019 probe was launched based on ‘Football Leaks’ claims published by German magazine Der Spiegel, claiming that City had committed a series of irregularities. A Premier League statement at the time said: “The Premier League has previously contacted Manchester City to request information on recent allegations and is in ongoing dialogue with the club.”
Last year, the Sports Court of Arbitration overturned City’s Champions League ban by UEFA
The Premier League said it would not comment further until the matter was closed. It is not known which specific FFP allegations are still open, but the fact that the case is still ongoing after more than two years suggests that they are complex.
City always insisted that Der Spiegel’s materials be ‘taken out of context’ and ‘supposedly hacked or stolen’, adding that ‘the attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear’.
Later this year, City could also become embroiled in a damaging High Court case, which will run for eight weeks starting in late October, when the victims of convicted pedophile Barry Bennell will allege Bennell worked for City at a time when they were sexually assaulted .
Bennell is serving a 34-year sentence for the abuse of boys between 1979 and 1991 and could testify as a witness in defense of City, it was revealed in court last month, with plaintiffs’ attorney James Counsell QC saying that It was an “extraordinary decision” for City’s attorneys to call him as a witness.