New leaks by Der Spiegal, obtained illegally in the dubbed “Football Leaks”, claim a key witness in the CAS/Man City trial lied.
This thread explains the crux of their argument-
LATEST DER SPIEGEL ALLEGATIONS EXPLAINED— slbsn (@slbsn) July 30, 2020
In a nutshell Der Spiegel say when Pearce answered this question in para 221, he lied 1/ pic.twitter.com/2CO73BqDpF
Because in an email to Etihad he appears to be involved in the arrangement of payments to City 2/ pic.twitter.com/1Xih325HCm— slbsn (@slbsn) July 30, 2020
But what Der Spiegel doesn't remind you is in para 220 of the CAS judgment, the panel accepted Pearce's position was important but UEFA did not establish he could conclude contracts. This does not appear to change that conclusion. But what else is coming ??? 3/3 pic.twitter.com/jjupsSmY9o— slbsn (@slbsn) July 30, 2020
Manchester City meanwhile, for their part have released a statement-
“The questions and matters raised by Der Spiegel appear to be a cynical attempt to publicly re-litigate and undermine a case that has been fully adjudicated, after detailed proceedings and due process, by the CAS...”
“Manchester City’s policy remains not to comment on out of context materials purported to have been criminally obtained from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel.”
The credulity of the leaks is and should be brought in to serious question as Spiegal has been a reportedly proven liar of stories and using possibly doctored and illegally obtained emails shows that. That is shown in this piece from ‘The Atlantic’ on the scandal of plagiarizing, made up stories and more.
Lastly, this from @slbsn shows the burden of proof is on accuse as CAS showed,
“You can’t accuse someone of lying without “cogent evidence.” These are serious allegations - individual emails are not sufficient to achieve the necessary standard of proof”
We’ll have to wait and see if more gets leaked or if City will respond with legal action.