English Professional Football Premier League (EPL) Manchester City (hereinafter referred to as Man City) has been referred to an independent committee for more than 100 financial violations.
The EPL Secretariat said in a statement on the 6th (local time) that it had “referred Manchester City to an independent committee for a number of rule violations.”
According to British public broadcaster BBC and others, Man City is accused of violating more than 100 financial rules between 2009 and 2018.
The secretariat explained that Manchester City did not provide accurate information to determine the club’s financial condition, including sponsorship revenue and management expenses.
It is also believed that the clause that the full details of remuneration must be included in the contract with the manager and players and the Financial Fair Play Rule (FFP) of the European Football Federation (UEFA) are also not observed.
In addition, allegations of not cooperating faithfully with the investigation into the club, which began in December 2018, were added.
The BBC predicted that if Man City’s violation of the rules is confirmed, it could face fines, point reductions, and even expulsion from the Premier League in the worst case.
Man City has grown into one of the strongest teams in Europe by pouring huge amounts of money after being acquired by Sheikh Mansour, a wealthy man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2008.
Under full investment, Man City lifted the EPL championship trophy six times between the 2011-2012 season and last season. 메이저사이트
However, it was not free from controversy over violation of financial regulations.
In 2018, Germany’s Der Spiegel, along with the exposure site Football Leaks, raised allegations that Manchester City had overstated their sponsorship contracts to avoid violating FFP rules.
There were also claims that the club paid more than twice the annual salary to manager Roberto Mancini, who led the team from 2009 to 2013, through a ‘secret contract’ and illegally contacted promising players.
UEFA, which launched an investigation afterward, also imposed a disciplinary action on Manchester City, including a ban from participating in UEFA-sponsored club competitions for two seasons (2020-2021 season and 2021-2022 season).
However, at the time, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which looked at the case due to Manchester City’s appeal, judged that most of the charges raised were not established or the statute of limitations had passed, so there was no disciplinary action.
Manchester City responded with a ‘surprised’ response to the issue raised by the EPL Secretariat that day, saying, “The club welcomes the independent committee to review this issue. We hope that this issue will be completely resolved.”