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PL ‘investigating’ Man City as leaked documents expose alleged offences



The Premier League has been investigating Manchester City for three years, according to German outlet Der Spiegel, which has leaked documents exposing potential offences.

Der Spiegel claim the investigation is focused on three separate allegations, which it has provided detail on. The first relates to ‘underage players’ being ‘pressured to sign contracts with Manchester City through monetary payments’. Clubs are not allowed to provide payments to players under the age of 16, which also applies to their family and agents.

The second allegation is concerned with club sponsors in Abu Dhabi, who ‘are suspected of having provided only a portion of their payments to the club themselves, with the majority apparently coming from Sheikh Mansour himself’. Sheikh Mansour is a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family and is the owner of the City Football Group, which owns Manchester City.

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By disguising direct funding as sponsorship payments, Der Spiegel notes that City were ‘in direct violation’ of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The final allegation centres on former manager Roberto Mancini, who is thought to have received hidden payments ‘by way of a fictitious consultancy contract’. This would have enabled City to mask much of Mancini’s remuneration, aiding their FFP calculations.

This investigation is not the first time City have clashed with the football authorities. In 2020, City were accused by UEFA of “serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations” between 2012 and 2016. However, their two-year ban from European club competitions was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport later that year.



A statement from European football’s governing body read after the CAS decision: “UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations.

“Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA remain committed to its principles.”



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