·7 February 2023
·7 February 2023
The Premier League’s members of the ‘Big Six’ are reportedly calling for Manchester City to face the hardest punishment possible for breaching over 100 financial rules.
On Monday, February 7, City were charged with more than 100 financial rules by the Premier League and it's safe to say the fallout has been remarkable.
If the club is found guilty, they could face a range of sanctions including expulsion from the Premier League or a points deduction.
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Sky Sports News have today reported that City’s ‘Big Six’ rivals, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, are ‘pushing hardest for them to be punished.’
Though it could take years to conclude the investigation, it is reported that the ‘Big Six’ clubs believe stripping City of their titles would be ‘meaningless’ and that imposing a fine would not be an adequate punishment.
Having won six of the last 11 Premier League titles, City face charges that relate to financial information regarding details of manager and player remuneration, profitability, UEFA regulations, revenue and co-operation with the investigations of the Premier League.
The league stated the alleged breaches were committed from September 2009 to the 2017-18 season and will be put in front of an independent commission.
The club also face charges for failure to co-operate with the Premier League’s investigation since it began in 2018.
The Premier League’s inquiry adds that City is alleged to have breached league rules requiring provision ‘in utmost good faith’ of ‘accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position’.
Responding to the allegations, Manchester City claimed they were surprised by the alleged breaches in their own statement.
They said: “Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.
“The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.”
With other clubs from the league calling for City to face the harshest punishment if they are found guilty, the matter will now be referred to an independent commission.
This is not the first time the Manchester club has been accused of breaking financial regulations, as in 2020, City were given a two-year-ban from the UEFA Champions League.
Five months later, they were cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport of all the charges.
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