Man City face potential expulsion as Premier League charges them with over 100 FFP breaches

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Updated: 9:08 PM, Mon November 20, 2023

Manchester City could potentially face expulsion from the Premier League after being charged with over 100 breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The charges were brought against the club back in February by the Premier League, accusing them of misrepresenting their finances over a nearly decade-long period and failing to cooperate with the investigation.

Manchester City has maintained their innocence, stating that they have substantial evidence to support their position and plan to defend themselves at an independent tribunal. However, due to the complexity and scale of the case, it could take several years before a verdict is reached.

The recent deduction of 10 points from Everton, who were found guilty of their own FFP breaches, has sparked speculation and discussion on the potential punishment Manchester City could face if found guilty. Everton’s punishment led to their drop into the relegation zone, raising concerns about the severity of the consequences for Manchester City.

The charges against Manchester City include breaches of league rules that require the provision of accurate financial information giving a true and fair view of the club’s financial position. The Premier League has specifically mentioned the accuracy of revenue, sponsorship revenue, related parties, and operating costs.

The charges also involve manager contracts from 2009/2010 to 2012/2013, player contracts and image rights from 2010/2011 to 2015/2016, Premier League compliance with UEFA FFP regulations from 2013/2014 to 2017/2018, and EPL profitability and sustainability breaches from 2015/2016 to 2017/2018.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time Manchester City has faced allegations related to FFP. In February 2020, they were banned from UEFA competitions for two years, but the ban was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July of the same year.

If the financial allegations against Manchester City are proven, the severity of the punishment would depend on the specific breaches and their extent. According to Premier League rule W.51, sanctions can range from a reprimand to potential points deductions, and in the worst-case scenario, expulsion from the competition. The commission in charge of the process also has the power to conditionally sanction clubs based on defined actions within a fixed time period. Ultimately, the respondents have the right to appeal if any allegations are proven.

As the case progresses, Manchester City and its supporters will anxiously await the outcome, while the football world ponders the potential impact of the charges and the wider implications for other clubs. The allegations could have a significant influence on the financial landscape and fair play regulations within the Premier League.

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Zara Rathore
Zara Rathore
Zara Rathore is a passionate football enthusiast and a dedicated contributor at The Reportify. With expertise in the world of football, Zara brings you engaging articles, match analysis, and insights to keep you updated on all things football. She can be reached at zara@thereportify.com for any inquiries or further information.

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