Manchester City face calls for fresh FFP investigation

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

Der Spiegel also reported last Friday that Man City threatened to destroy UEFA with legal action before reaching a 2014 settlement to forfeit 20 million euros ($22.8 million) in prize money. At the time of the email, France legend Michel Platini was Uefa president.

The latest revelations follow on from Monday's claims that the City owner, Sheikh Mansour, paid large parts of inflated sponsorship deals himself to circumvent FFP rules.

"I am inside now for the past three years and I would say of course like many, many clubs around the world there is a lot of money, but they are an incredible club". The statement said the club would not comment on "the attempt to damage the club's reputation", but Guardiola fielded questions about the allegations at a news conference ahead of their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. I am focussed on what happened on the pitch, in the locker room.

Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City in light of allegations the club breached financial fair play regulations and said they have to "accept it" if people claim they only win because of due to their spending power.

La Liga president Javier Tebas made a similar claim past year, with European football's governing body Uefa responding by saying it was not investigating City, who have won the Premier League three times since Sheikh Mansour took over in 2008.

'If you want to buy your way into football heaven, you can't let a few rules get in the way'.

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One alleged example is the transferring of player marketing rights to another company, meaning that the cost of paying image rights was suddenly taken away from City and put onto this new company.

City representatives have said the Abu Dhabi-based companies are independent sponsors. Of course we want to follow the rules.

David Frommer, spokesman for the European Club Association, said the organisation had "full trust in UEFA's organs of control in holding clubs to account".

Cliff is claimed to have responded that he did not know because Fordham had not shown City their business plan.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano (right) said City needed to fight FFP "in a way that is not visible or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football", according to Der SpiegelWhat punishments did Man City suffer?

Despite City's denials there have been growing calls for Uefa to investigate possible wrongdoing, including from the Spanish league. When auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers later reviewed the Fordham deal on behalf of UEFA, it was concluded that it was a "very good deal for MCFC", not least because the auditors couldn't figure out how Fordham expected to make any money on the deal for themselves.

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