The football world has reacted with astonishment after the Premier League alleged reigning champions Manchester City had breached 100 cases of its financial rules and face points deduction or expulsion from the league if proven. In breaking news on Monday evening, the Premier League released a statement that alleged City had made the alleged breaches, which span from the 2009-10 season to the 2017-18 campaign, according to an independent commission.
And Manchester City claimed that the were surprised at Monday's announcement, and referred to "extensive engagement" with the Premier League on the matter. The club also said they held "irrefutable evidence" in support of their position.
Incredibly, the club's chief executive Ferran Soriano is understood to have only been notified by his Premier League counterpart Richard Masters of the referral over alleged breaches as the statement was going live on the league's website. The sanctions that can be handed down to Manchester City are vast and would be detrimental to the club that has dominated England over the last few years.
These include a fine, a deduction of points or the expulsion from the league. The commission has the power to make such sanctions conditional on defined actions being taken within a fixed time period, and respondents have a right of appeal.
The alleged breaches are said to be around the "accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club's financial position". The accurate financial information required related to "revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs".
The second set of breaches listed refers to alleged breaking of rules "requiring a member club to include full details of manager remuneration in its relevant contracts with its manager" related to seasons 2009-10 to 2012-13 inclusive. The club's manager between December 2009 and May 2013 was current Italy boss Roberto Mancini.
The third section deals with alleged breaches of Premier League rules requiring clubs to comply with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, between 2013-14 to 2017-18.
EXPLAINED: Why are Manchester City being charged by the Premier League? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/SWvE8FT043
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 6, 2023
Football world reacts to Manchester City news
The football world has reacted with utter shock over the allegations. Many fans have reacted with anger at the news and have called for Manchester City to be relegated if the breaches are proven.
Former Liverpool player Lucas Leiva took to social media to ask if he was a Premier League champion with Liverpool finishing a close second to Manchester City in the league a few years back. He was questioning whether Liverpool would be retrospectively handed the title.
BREAKING: Man City charged by Premier Leaue with numerous breaches of financial rules following a four-year investigation.
This is unprecedented: pic.twitter.com/ZGzdX210qP
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) February 6, 2023
😳 “There’s no doubting the severity! Nothing like this has ever happened!”
❌ “Even if half of these 100+ charges are proved, the other clubs will expect that Man City will be relegated.”@MartynZiegler reacts to #MCFC’s PL financial rule breach charges. pic.twitter.com/v12QyFoBIZ
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 6, 2023
◉ Suspension from playing games
◉ Point deductions
◉ Replay matches
◉ Expulsion from the league
◉ Cancel or refuse players registration
◉ Conditional punishment
◉ Make such other order as it thinks fit
The possible sanctions Man City face. pic.twitter.com/R93BdO4UPn
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 6, 2023
In May last year, Pep Guardiola said he'd leave the club if Man City ever lied to him.
Today, they have been charged by the Premier League over breaking financial rules across nine seasons. pic.twitter.com/8UQfCBqSoC
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 6, 2023
What a points deduction will mean to Man City's six Premier League titles, it's unthinkable. pic.twitter.com/Daq5yLswRW
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) February 6, 2023
Coach Pep Guardiola made the statement in 2022 that if the Manchester City hierarchy ever 'lied' to him he would leave the club. The hearing will now go on behind closed doors.
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