Manchester City engaged in a legal battle with the Premier League

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Manchester City in a legal battle with the Premier League over fears within the club that they are victims of a ‘witch hunt’ over allegations that they have violated FFP rules

  • Man City is under investigation by Top Flight for allegations that they have broken rules
  • Premier League giants have been accused of violations of financial fair play by UEFA
  • Club subsequently won a major case at the Court of Arbitration in which the ban was lifted

Manchester City is engaged in a legal battle with the Premier League over concerns of the club that they are the victims of a ‘witch hunt’.

The future champions are being investigated by the top flight for allegations that they have violated financial fair play rules.

Two years ago, the Premier League confirmed that they were investigating City’s finances after hacked emails were published in the German press, amid allegations that the English club had disguised direct investment from owner Sheik Mansour as sponsorship revenue.

In 2019, the Premier League confirmed that they were investigating City’s finances amid claims the club had disguised direct investment from owner Sheik Mansour as sponsorship revenue.

City was charged with FFP violations by UEFA and was initially banned from the Champions League for two years, but then won a groundbreaking court case in which the ban was lifted.

However, the Premier League case continued amid much secrecy.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that City is challenging the Premier League in civil courts, adding that hearings have been held behind closed doors over concerns that the club will not be heard fairly.

City was charged with FFP violations by UEFA and was initially banned from the Champions League for two years, but won a groundbreaking court case in which the ban was lifted.

City was charged with FFP violations by UEFA and was initially banned from the Champions League for two years, but won a groundbreaking court case in which the ban was lifted.

Sportsmail understands that the main issue is more than disclosure.

Premier League investigators are believed to have demanded access to a wide variety of information that club officials believe is unnecessary and unjust. City is convinced that a realistic framework must be outlined within which they would like to work together.

In private, the Premier League approach has been described by some at Etihad Stadium as an ‘attempted witch hunt’.

Both City and the Premier League declined to comment.

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