Man City: Premier League clubs want champions sent off if guilty of alleged financial misconduct | Soccer News

Many Premier League clubs want Manchester City kicked out of the division if they are found to have broken the rules for nine seasons.

City said on Monday they were “surprised” to be charged by the Premier League with 101 alleged breaches of financial rules between 2009/10 and 2017/18.

The Premier League’s harshest punishment in these circumstances would be to send off City and it has been reported that the English Football League would be under no obligation to accept them.

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There is a feeling that stripping City’s titles retrospectively would be meaningless and confusing, but a fine probably won’t have much effect either.

The clubs most insistent on action up to Monday were other members of the so-called ‘big six’ – which includes Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

What sanctions can the Independent Committee impose on a club?

  • Prohibit a club from playing league matches
  • Point deductions
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors that league games be replayed
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors that the league expel the respondent club
  • Command compensation
  • Cancel or deny player registration
  • Conditional sentence
  • order the club to pay the costs
  • Make any other order he sees fit

There won’t be much sympathy for City, who have won the Premier League six times in the past 11 years, if found guilty.

Premier League clubs do not want to get involved in the process, which is in the hands of an independent commission.

What have Man City been accused of?

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Manchester City are said to have breached league rules requiring the provision “in good faith” of “accurate financial information giving a true and fair view of the financial position of the club”.

The league says the precise financial information required relates to “revenues (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs”.

The second set of listed offenses refers to an alleged violation of the rules “requiring a member club to include full details of the manager’s remuneration in their relevant contracts with their manager” relating to the 2009-10 to 2012-13 seasons inclusive.

The club’s manager between December 2009 and May 2013 was current Italian boss Roberto Mancini.

Manchester City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini celebrates with the Premier League trophy on the pitch after their 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers in
Man City won their first Premier League title under manager Roberto Mancini

The second set of alleged breaches also refer to requirements imposed on a club to include full details of player remuneration in the relevant contracts, for the 2010-11 to 2015-16 seasons inclusive.

The third section deals with alleged breaches of Premier League rules requiring clubs to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, between 2013-14 and 2017-18.

In 2020, Man City saw a two-year ban from European football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), having been suspended by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in February 2020 for the club’s “serious breaches” of licensing and financial fair play regulations.

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After Manchester City’s recent accusations against the Premier League, John Cross believes Pep Guardiola will keep his word and leave the club if found guilty of the allegations.

The fourth set of alleged breaches relate to Premier League profitability and sustainability rules in the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons inclusive.

Finally, the club are said to have breached league rules requiring member clubs to cooperate and assist the Premier League in its investigations, from December 2018 to date.

The Premier League – which opened its investigation in March 2019 – referred the alleged breaches to an independent commission.

Man City’s charges in numbers

Man City have been accused of breaching 30 Premier League rules linked to helping Premier League investigations
Man City have been accused of breaking 25 Premier League rules linked to profitability and sustainability
Man City have been accused of breaching eight Premier League rules linked to manager pay
Man City accused of breaking 50 Premier League rules on accuracy of financial information

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