Man City face Premier League expulsion after being charged with more than 100 breaches of financial rules

6 February 2023, 12:57

The alleged breaches span a period from the 2009-10 and 2017-18 seasons
The alleged breaches span a period from the 2009-10 and 2017-18 seasons. Picture: Alamy/Getty
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Manchester City have been charged by the Premier League for allegedly breaching financial rules more than 100 times over the course of nine seasons between 2009 and 2018.

The club is alleged to have breached Premier League rules requiring provision "in utmost good faith" of "accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club's financial position".

The league says the accurate financial information required relates to "revenue (including sponsorship revenue), its related parties and its operating costs".

The club faces a number of punishments, including a points deduction, transfer ban, spending limits or even expulsion from the Premier League.

They could also be stripped of previous titles, with the alleged breaches covering title wins in the 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons.

The second set of breaches listed refers to alleged breaking of rules "requiring a member club to include full details of manager remuneration in its relevant contracts with its manager" related to seasons 2009-10 to 2012-13.

Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League
Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League. Picture: Alamy
Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini
Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini. Picture: Getty

During this period, Roberto Mancini - currently Italy boss - was in charge at Manchester City.

The third set of alleged breaches centre around Premier League clubs being required to comply with UEFA financial fair play rules between 2013 and 2018.

The fourth set relates to the league's profitability and sustainability rules in seasons 2015-16 to 2017-18, while the club also allegedly failed to co-operate with Premier League investigations.

The Premier League - which opened its investigation in March 2019 - has now referred the case to an independent commission.

Man City chiefs celebrate winning the Premier League
Man City chiefs celebrate winning the Premier League. Picture: Alamy

Read More: Kell Brook apologises and says he's 'seeking help' after video surfaces of him snorting white powder

Read More: Nick Kyrgios spared criminal conviction despite admitting assaulting ex-girlfriend after court says he was 'frustrated'

In a statement, the Premier League said: “In accordance with Premier League rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today [February 6 2023] referred a number of alleged breaches of the Premier League rules by Manchester City Football Club to a commission under Premier League rule W.3.4.

“Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The members of the commission will be appointed by the independent chair of the Premier League judicial panel, in accordance with Premier League rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.

“The proceedings before the commission will, in accordance with Premier League rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private. Under Premier League rule W.82.2, the commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website.

“This confirmation is made in accordance with Premier League rule W.82.1. The Premier League will be making no further comment in respect of this matter until further notice.”

Manchester City have been charged with more than 100 alleged financial breaches
Manchester City have been charged with more than 100 alleged financial breaches. Picture: Alamy

The club issued a statement which read: "Manchester City FC 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."

Man City previously had a two-year ban from European football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2020 after they were suspended by UEFA's financial control body for "serious breaches" of financial rules.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

JD Vance joked UK could become 'Islamist' under Labour

Trump's vice-president pick JD Vance joked UK could be 'first Islamist country to have nuclear weapons' under Labour

Britain's Prime Minister Keir Starmer hosts the first roundtable with regional UK mayors, along with Angela Rayner

Ministers pledge to give more powers to local areas, in 'devolution revolution'

Starmer has launched a defence review

Keir Starmer launches review of armed forces as he warns of 'dangerous and volatile world'

Annabel Croft and Graziano di Prima   at Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour. Utilita Arena. 18th January 2024.  Ref:LMK11-180124-001 Steve Bealing/Landmark Media

Strictly Come Dancing pro Graziano Di Prima 'flees the country' after being fired following claims of misconduct

Joe Biden has admitted that calling for Democrats to put Trump in a 'bullseye' was a mistake

Joe Biden admits it was a 'mistake' to urge Democrats to 'put Donald Trump in a bullseye' after assassination attempt

Jay Slater's mother Debbie Duncan is said to be 'demanding answers'

Jay Slater's mother 'demands answers' after human remains found just yards from teen's last known location

Trump has selected Vance as his running mate

Who is JD Vance, Donald Trump's pick for vice-president?

Donald Trump has selected JD Vance (right) as his running mate and would-be vice president

Donald Trump chooses senator JD Vance as running mate, as he is officially nominated as Republican candidate

Ralf Schumacher and David Schumacher at Hockenheimring on April 05, 2022

'I'm 100% behind you': Ralf Schumacher's son congratulates his father after he comes out as gay

David Lammy has called for a ceasefire on a trip to Israel

Foreign Secretary David Lammy reiterates call for Israel-Hamas ceasefire and hostage deal in Gaza

Hamza Alam

East Londoner who 'disguised himself as a librarian' while urging TikTok followers to kill Jewish people jailed for 4 years

The England fan is confident England can bring football home in the next four years.

England fan has ‘no regrets’ over doomed Euro ‘winners’ tattoo

Queen Camilla left in histerics as Jersey cows get frisky during royal visit while bemused King watches on

Queen Camilla left in hysterics as Jersey cows get frisky during royal visit while bemused King watches on

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper during a visit to Lewisham Police Station in south London.

Home Secretary to probe 'disgraceful' election intimidation, as Jo Cox's sister says UK politics 'not in a good place'

An FBI investigation discovered the influencer had forced women to work for her in poor conditions with no pay

Instagram influencer jailed for human trafficking and slavery

People shelter under umbrellas as the rain pounds down last week.

Return of the summer washout: UK braces for flooding and travel chaos as Met Office issues weather warnings