Back in February, Manchester City were charged by the Premier League for allegedly breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, with Arsenal waiting on possible repercussions
Last week, the Premier League announced that Everton would be receiving a 10-point deduction after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. That would see the Toffees drop down to 19th in the table, only above bottom-of-the-pile Burnley due to their superior goal difference.
Since the announcement, all eyes are now on Manchester City, who have an FFP investigation of their own ongoing. Back in February, it was announced that the Citizens were being charged for over 100 alleged breaches.
It remains to be seen what exactly the punishment would be if the reigning champions were found guilty. Pep Guardiola’s side are currently locked in a title race with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, sitting one point clear of the former two.
With all of that being said, football.london has now taken a look at everything the Citizens have said about their case below.
City strongly denied any wrongdoing, issuing a club statement following the announcement that they had been back in February. Their statement read: “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. As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.
City’s annual club report references the 115 charges issued against them under the ‘Risks and Uncertainties’ section. “The board acknowledges that there are a number of risks and uncertainties which could have a material impact on the club’s performance,” the report, which came out last week, stated.
“The club’s income is affected by the performance of the first team because significant revenues are dependent upon strong team performances in the Premier League, domestic and European Cup competitions. The club is regulated by the rules of the FA, Premier League, UEFA, and FIFA.
“Any change to these regulations could have an impact as the regulations cover areas such as: the distribution of broadcasting income, the eligibility of players, and the operation of the transfer market. The club monitors its compliance with all applicable rules and regulations on a continuous basis and considers the impact of any potential changes.
“On 6 February 2023, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1, the Premier League referred a number of alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules by Manchester City Football Club to a Commission under Premier League Rule W.3.4.
“In February 2023, in response to the charges, the club issued a public statement that it 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.”