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Digging into Manchester City's FFP Charges by the Premier League

A new look at the recently noticeable charges.

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The list of Premier League rules Manchester City have been accused of breaching is long and winding. For the purpose of this piece important portions are captured below for analysis.

As published by the Premier League in February, the club has been accused of breaching 115 Financial Fair Play rules. These fell under the following:

"1. In respect of each of Seasons 2009/10 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those seasons that required provision by a member club to the Premier League, in the utmost good faith, of accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position…

2. In respect of:

(a) each of Seasons 2009/10 to 2012/13 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to include full details of manager remuneration in its relevant contracts with its manager…

(b) each of Seasons 2010/11 to 2015/16 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to include full details of player remuneration in its relevant contracts with its players…

3. In respect of each of Seasons 2013/14 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons requiring a member club to comply with UEFA’s regulations, including UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations…

4. In respect of each of the Seasons 2015/16 to 2017/18 inclusive, the Premier League Rules applicable in those Seasons on Profitability and Sustainability…

5. In respect of the period from December 2018 to date, the Premier League Rules applicable in the relevant Seasons requiring a member club to cooperate with, and assist, the Premier League in its investigations, including by providing documents and information to the Premier League in the utmost good faith…"

Of course, Manchester City responded by issuing a strong statement refuting the allegations and maintaining their innocence.

The club's statement read: "Manchester City Football Club 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."

The Commission to determine the case and hand down a verdict is independent of both the Premier League and football clubs. It comprises members that will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel, following Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.

Also, following Premier League Rule W.82, the proceedings before the Commission will be confidential and heard in private. The Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.2.

Hence, for now, it's a waiting game for the general public as proceedings take place 'behind closed doors.'

With the accuser (the Premier League in this instance) having a strong influence on the matter, including the rules of engagement which are set by the league body itself, it will not be surprising to see City found guilty at the end of the proceedings.

For most fans though, this could be a nervy wait. A negative verdict could be catastrophic. With threats like the club getting stripped of titles won in the last decade and possibly even forcibly relegated from the top flight as punishment, that could bring the club crashing down like a pack of cards. Rebuilding the club back to it's current position can take decades.

Fortunately, the club maintains that it is innocent and has a "comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position." That may be sufficient to clear the club as was the case with the UEFA charges.