The Premier League is still investigating Manchester City for financial violations of fair play, more than two years after the trial began.
In February 2020, citizens were banned from the UEFA Champions League for two years and fined € 30 million for “serious breakthroughs” by the FFP, although the suspension was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the financial penalty reduced to € 10 million for does not fully cooperate with the management body’s investigation.
The Daily Mail reports that while the UEFA investigation is over, the Premier League is still reaching its own conclusions.
The club had previously had problems with FFP in 2014, when they were fined € 60 million – later reduced to € 20 million – and restrictions were placed on squad and transfers after they were found guilty. They did not appeal this sentence.
UEFA sanctions in 2020 dealt a severe blow to City as they sought to continue their rise throughout European football. Futures of key players such as Kevin De Bruyne and manager Pep Guardiola were suddenly called into question.
However, things look much brighter on the field, as the team tends to dominate England’s best flight for years to come.
City became one of the biggest clubs in the world after the accession of Sheikh Mansour in 2008. They distributed huge sums in many transfer windows and now have an incredible lineup – one that is ready to win the Premier League title this season and to reach the champions League final after a 2-1 victory in Paris Saint-Germain in the first stage of their semifinals.
Guardiola’s team will be crowned Premier League champions on Sunday if the current Liverpool title winners beat Manchester United. If that doesn’t happen, two more points from their remaining four matches will be enough to seal the seventh highest-flying title.