Manchester City are said to be in a ‘secret’ legal battle with the Premier League over possible financial fair play violations.
It was confirmed in 2019 that the Premier League would review Manchester City’s finances, following a report from Der Spiegel suggesting there could be wrongdoing.
It has been suggested that Sheikh Mansour disguised the investment as sponsorship income during his tenure in the Etihad.
Despite the allegations, he remained silent for some time on the Premier League investigation.
Now, a New York Times report has suggested City is waging a “ secret ” legal battle with the Premier League over the allegations.
Manchester City are claimed to have spent ‘millions of dollars’ defending themselves since the allegations first came to light.
City lawyers are supposedly fighting the Premier League arbitration process, saying they would not get a ‘fair hearing’.
The New York Times also reveals that the legal battle is ongoing in British civil courts and that information on the case remains confidential.
If Manchester City are found guilty of wrongdoing through the Premier League refereeing process, the club could face punishment. However, the New York Times says it is not yet clear what the punishment might be.
The case is said to be linked to the same material UEFA used to investigate the Manchester club, with City ultimately winning an appeal, suggesting evidence against them was ‘time barred’.
However, as revealed Tariq Panja, the Premier League does not have the same five-year ceiling on evidence.
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Although we do not have full access to the information on the case, it could have serious implications for Manchester City.
If City lose their case against the Premier League arbitration process, it could see the league plunge into allegations further than UEFA was able to before the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared the club from. Manchester.
If City were found guilty of wrongdoing, there would undoubtedly be pressure on the Premier League to severely punish Pep Guardiola’s side which could result in a point deduction.
For now, however, we’ll just have to wait and see how the Premier League’s legal battle with City plays out.
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