English football is burning: Manchester City declares war on the Premier League

The four-time league champion, a club from the Emirati capitals, is launching a legal counter-offensive against the league, accusing it of “discrimination”. The citizens are being investigated for possibly breaking more than 100 financial rules.

Manchester City prepares to open legal battle against the Premier League, in the midst of a scandal surrounding the English Federation’s investigation into the Emirati capital institution. Citizens are under investigation for the possible violation of more than 100 financial rules of English football regulations. Which is why the four-time league champion would respond with a “civil war,” as the Times describes it.

The local press indicates that the conflicting parties will surrender an arbitration on the legality of the tournament regulations on commercial income, regulations developed to ensure that trade agreements are fair. City is owned by the royal family of Abu Dhabi and its sponsors include Etihad Airways, the national airline, which also has naming rights to the stadium. Precisely, they aspire to put an end to the prohibitive rules on transactions between associated parties, calling them “illegal”, for which they will sue the Prime Minister for damages. These rules were tightened in 2021, when Newcastle was bought by a Saudi fund.

The media explains that “The rules aim to keep the Premier League competitive by preventing clubs from inflating commercial deals with companies linked to their owners. The rules require these transactions to be independently evaluated to determine whether they have fair market value.

The English team, four-time football champions, consider this “discrimination” and that is why they presented a 165-page document, to which the Times had access, in which he claims that these rules were included by rivals, in order to stop the success of the team led by Pep Guardiola. According to the aforementioned media, this offensive by the Mancunian club seems to be the first step to arrive with support at the November hearing, during which It will be determined whether the team actually violated 115 financial rules between 2009 and 2023.

“The outcome could radically alter the professional gaming landscape and have a significant impact. “This could result in huge fines for the club’s owners, or even relegation,” adds the Times.

While, in an interview broadcast by their official networks, the club’s president, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, responded to the accusations: “Of course it’s frustrating. The fact that it always has to be referred to is frustrating, the way you talk about it. He added that “it hurts me for our fans, for everyone connected to the club, that these accusations still have to be talked about.” Khaldoon stressed that Manchester City want to be “judged by facts and not by accusations and counter-accusations. »

Meanwhile, other Premier clubs see that the Citizens’ actions will ultimately “destroy” the competitiveness of one of the most powerful leagues in the world, allowing “state teams”, those with billionaire owners, to spend sums unlimited and not respecting financial fair play.

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Source: Latercera

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