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#619371 - 09/03/19 09:59 AM 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP
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Clubs will write to Premier League demanding action over Manchester City financial fair play

By Connor Dunn - 8 MAR 2019

At least 12 top-flight teams are planning to ask what league bosses are planning to do over alleged breaches of financial fair play by Guardiola's side.

At least 12 Premier League clubs are planning to ask what action league bosses are going to take over alleged breaches of financial fair play by Manchester City.

The Times report that this is 'an unprecedented move' and that teams are intending to call on the Premier League to outline its position over the accusations surrounding the club's finances.

The newspaper say they understand that a majority of clubs are already on board with the proposal and more were being asked to sign up last night.

The news comes after UEFA opened an investigation into Manchester City over alleged violations of Financial Fair Play.

A statement from European football's governing body read: "The Investigatory Chamber of the independent UEFA Club Financial Control Body has today opened a formal investigation into Manchester City FC for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

"The investigation will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets.

"UEFA will make no further comments on the matter while the investigation is ongoing."

City were previously found to have breached FFP rules by UEFA in 2014.

It resulted in Pep Guardiola's side paying a £49million fine, £32million of which was suspended, and going into the 2014-15 Champions League campaign with a reduced squad.

The FA are also looking into claims City made a banned £200,000 payment to the agent of Jadon Sancho when the Borussia Dortmund winger was just 14.

UEFA's investigation comes after a series of claims published in German newspaper Der Spiegel based on leaked documents surrounding the alleged FFP breaches.

The body say they will make no further comment while the investigation is ongoing.

In response, City say they welcome the investigation to as a chance to clear their name.

A statement read: "Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal UEFA investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails.

"The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false. The Club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record."

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/fo...anding-15941261

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#619372 - 09/03/19 10:09 AM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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I would eat my hat if anything comes of this. FFP is a farce.

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#619373 - 09/03/19 10:14 AM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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The evidence is fairly damning coming from Man City's own emails!
You can't really take printed words out of context...a telephone conversation or a tapped, recorded conversation a pitbull lawyer maybe able to manipulate the context as it's in the spare of the moment and not given thought. An email like a written letter, it's author takes the time to assemble the words to give concise meaning.

2nd time around also for City and the allegations are far, far worse!

It should see them get hefty fines, and banned from competitions, although retrospective action should also be on the table. There's no doubt they've benefited from stacking the decks!

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#619374 - 09/03/19 10:50 AM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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Without doubt they’ve stacked the deck. But the authorities are going up against a country and have hardly been known for cracking down on FFP. I hope they do something as it needs to be upheld or what’s the point to it?

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#619379 - 09/03/19 05:45 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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The investigation will take a long time, these are hacked documents, so there are all sorts of legal issues using them I guess, City will hire the best lawyers to tie Fifa up, City will just go in heavy in the transfer window incase they get a ban like Chelsea did.

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#619389 - 09/03/19 07:16 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: ecnirp98]
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Originally Posted By ecnirp98
The investigation will take a long time, these are hacked documents, so there are all sorts of legal issues using them I guess, City will hire the best lawyers to tie Fifa up, City will just go in heavy in the transfer window incase they get a ban like Chelsea did.



If anything they'll get a fine, maybe a transfer ban, do they really need more players. In any case it's would be the UEFA that would take action not FA.

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#619395 - 09/03/19 08:14 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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Whatever Uefa do is passed down to the country FA to enforce also, will be interesting to see how they handle City, as they have already had a massive £50 million fine, so they would have to act if they are found guilty.

I read the other day City were looking to spend £300-400 million on 3 or 4 top players, probably just paper talk, but I think they will strengthen, they missed out on Jorginho (lucky them), they were also after De Jong who has gone to Barca, I think they want someone to control the MF, who also can cover De Bruyne, they maybe after a LB with Mendy's injuries.

The top teams always re-enforce, it's the only way to stay top and keep the team competitive.

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#619396 - 09/03/19 08:39 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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FIFA, UEFA, The Premier League and The FA have all got separate investigations going on, into Man City's nefarious ways.

City can't exactly say to the Authorities..."Sorry Old Chap, but there was a crime committed in order to uncover our many illegal activities, so it should be null and void...nothing to see here"!

There is no way Man City escape this without severe punishment...they've done everything except bung referees..although who knows after Sterlings' 1st goal today?

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#619397 - 09/03/19 08:48 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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The 12 Premier League Clubs are effectively tellingThe Premier League to put a block on ALL Man City Transfer activity until a full and thorough investigation is conducted and concluded. I'm certain we are one of those 12 clubs because it rankles with John Henry and Tom Werner that they purchased us at a time it was promised FFP was going to level the playing field.

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#619399 - 09/03/19 09:37 PM Re: 12 top-flight teams demand action by PL over Man City FFP [Re: Pickles]
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Originally Posted By Pickles
FIFA, UEFA, The Premier League and The FA have all got separate investigations going on, into Man City's nefarious ways.

City can't exactly say to the Authorities..."Sorry Old Chap, but there was a crime committed in order to uncover our many illegal activities, so it should be null and void...nothing to see here"!

There is no way Man City escape this without severe punishment...they've done everything except bung referees..although who knows after Sterlings' 1st goal today?



City have the resources to delay the process to suit them if required, by dragging lawyers into it, evidence gathered by illegal means becomes inadmissible, they will be very wary of City's power.

Why do you think City got a big fine (£49 million) last time, but Uefa started FFP by saying anyone who breaks the rules will be banned from Uefa competitions? City weren't banned, Uefa can't afford to ban the top clubs, they need them to attract TV & Sponsorship, only small clubs have been banned so far (Rubin Kazan, FK Varda & Kevsji Sofia).

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