OPEN: Manchester City’s Premier League title in 2014 is now UNDER THREAT with possible points deduction – and Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte can be sold
- Manchester City is likely to encounter difficulties if penalties are enforced
- Club will appeal and fine and Champions League ban for infringements on Financial Fair Play
- Premier League can deduct points if they find something wrong
- This would mean that the club could have their 2014 title removed
- Every ban would destroy the finances and it means that star players can be forced to leave
Manchester City will have to completely restructure their finances, possibly leading to the sale of leading players such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte, if the Arbitration Court for Sport enforces the two-year ban of the Champions League imposed by UEFA Club financial control instance.
The city is also faced with the possibility of being stripped of their won Premier League title in 2014 if a separate Premier League investigation found that they had violated financial rules, which City denies.
It is said that manager Pep Guardiola supports the position of the club and does not risk being in immediate danger, while maintaining that the club is acquitted of violations of the rules of the UEFA Financial Fair Play.
Manchester City may have stripped their 2014 Premier League title of financial infringements
But in the separate Premier League investigation, City has yet to be charged and the governing body has not commented, even though there is speculation about a points deduction this season, which would now be largely meaningless.
If City is charged, the Premier League rulebook allows a commission to deduct points afterwards, which would have an impact on City’s positions in the relevant seasons.
Although not confirmed by the Premier League, the period under investigation appears to be from 2012 to 2016, as that is when the UEFA CFCB says City has overestimated their sponsorship income. It is unclear whether the City City Premier League would cover the 2012 title win, although it would cover the 2014 win.
Star players including Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) may leave the club
City does not receive sympathy from the other 19 Premier League clubs, many of which benefit from City being permanently weakened.
The rules of the Premier League are less strict than those of UEFA, allowing losses of £ 105 million over three seasons, but rely on the figures provided by the clubs.
The city insisted that all submissions were correct, but UEFA’s CFCB says that the income from sponsorship was “too high.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered his sympathy and support to Manchester City
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he was stunned by the news of the ban. “It was a shock,” he said.
‘Wow. What they have done in the field is exceptional. I don’t know the rest. You believe the people you work with. I feel for them. They can appeal, so we’ll see what happens then. It is clearly serious. “
The city is likely to face a D-Day in court this summer, and the procedure must take place before July 23, when the Europa League starts for the lowest-qualified English club.
City also cannot be sure that UEFA’s CFCB will approve their budgets if CAS agrees to overestimate their income earlier, so they are not sure how much they can spend. It can lead to a player exodus and ex-England star and BT expert Jermaine Jenas said: “From the point of view of a player … that is not my fault as a player …
“Now you tell me that my ability to play in the Champions League has been deprived of me over the next two years. I don’t see how the fans could personally blame them for running away. “