Reaching the last meters of the Premier League trophy, Manchester City are locked in a new legal battle, as they again face charges of violating financial transparency laws.
Writer Tariq Banja says in a report published in the American New York Times that Manchester City, which is preparing to claim its third Premier League title in the last 4 seasons, is facing a secret legal battle against the English Premier League, in which it tries to prove its commitment to the rules of play. Clean financial system during the recent years in which it became one of the richest clubs in the world.
The English Premier League has been silent since it announced in 2019 that it was examining the club’s financial accounts after the German newspaper Der Spiegel revealed that Manchester City had hidden direct investments, pumped by its owner Sheikh Mansour in the form of sponsorship income.
Al-City has always insisted that he has not broken any rules, believing that those documents revealed by the German newspaper were taken out of context and published as part of a systematic campaign to destroy his reputation.
The writer indicated that the club’s lawyers are making great efforts before the issuance of the association’s decision, warning that the club will not receive a fair judgment.
The club’s lawyers stood against the League in British courts, and hearings took place behind closed doors, and any information about the case was prevented from being published, despite the great public and media interest in it.
It is not yet known what decision the League will take if Manchester City is found guilty of violating the rules of fair financial play, and the list of penalties stipulated in the Association Law in this case includes fines and points deduction.
The writer notes that Manchester City, which receives direct funding from Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, who is the brother of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and one of the richest men in the world, had fought a successful legal battle in 2020, when he won the appeal against the decision to prevent his participation in the Champions League for a period of time. Two years, after the European Football Association (UEFA) considered that the club’s management had violated the Financial Fair Play laws. Advertising
It is reported that City needs one victory in order to obtain the Premier League title. It has recently won praise from football fans as the first English club to rebel against the European Super League project, which has been met with a storm of criticism and threats.
The writer believes that City’s style in managing this legal battle is very similar to his style of facing UEFA earlier. As the club’s attorneys at that time had rushed to file the case to the International Sports Arbitration Court, even before the UEFA ruling was issued, but after that they found a lifeline, when they relied on a legal clause stating that the club could not be punished for more than 5 offenses. Years.
In addition to this confrontation against Manchester City, the Premier League is locked in another legal battle, as the owner of Newcastle United filed a lawsuit against the League last spring, after being prevented from completing the sale of the club to the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
City’s relationship with UEFA had improved significantly since the ruling was issued in his favor. And recently, the president of the European Union, Alexander Ceferin, made statements praising City, minutes after announcing his withdrawal from the European Super League project.
Documents reviewed by the New York Times revealed that the laws governing this proposed league stipulate that each team must submit detailed financial data to be audited, in addition to agreeing to rules that prevent club owners from inflating budgets by pumping money. The penalties for violating these rules include suspension or prohibition of participation, in addition to millions of dollars in financial penalties.
However, Manchester City supporters argue that these rules are designed to protect historically dominant teams and disrupt emerging teams. Sheikh Mansour had spent more than a billion dollars to transform Manchester City into one of the dominant teams in English football during the last decade, bringing in the most prominent players and coaches, most recently the Spanish coach Pep Guardiola.