Will Manchester City Get Banned from EPL?
Author: Dennis Njore
The Premier League alleges that Manchester City has been breaking
the fair play rules systematically over a span of 15 years. Below
are the said allegations and breaches.
Premier League allegations of Manchester City FC
50 breaches between 2009 & 2018: Premier League requires
clubs to report accurate financial information that gives a true and
fair view of the club’s financial position with respect to its
8 breaches between 2009 & 2013: Clubs are required to include
full details of manager remunerations in their contracts with their
manager. Roberto Munchini was the club manager at the time who led
them to their first Premier League title.
12 breaches between 2010 & 2016: Clubs are required to
include full details of player remuneration in their contracts with
5 Breaches between 2013 & 2018: Premier League requires clubs
to comply with UEFA regulations. Including UEFA club licensing and
financial fair play regulations
25 Breaches between 2015 & 2018: Profitability and
30 Breaches: Premier League requires clubs to cooperate and
assist Premier League investigation by providing documents and
information in the utmost good faith.
The fate of Manchester City FC
The Independent Commission has been set up to review these
allegations and if Manchester City FC is found guilty, the
commission has the power to:
- Deduct performance points
- Order club to pay costs
- Cancel or refuse player signings and registrations
- Suspend the club from playing league matches
- Recommend to the board that league matches be replayed
- Recommend to the board that the league expels the club
- Order compensation
- Conditional punishment
- Make other orders as it sees fit
The Independent Commission however, will conduct its work privately
and its decision will be published on the Premier League website. If
Manchester City are not satisfied with the decision, they can appeal
the decision and another private hearing will be granted.
This is not the first time they have been sued with similar
allegations. Following the investigations by UEFA in the past,
Manchester City were found guilty and were banned from European
football competition for two years but they appealed to the Court of
Arbitration for sports and they had that ban overturned.
Nonetheless, they cannot go to the court of Arbitration for sports
to appeal the decision of the Independent Commission this time
There are claims that journalists had been briefed beforehand rather
than Manchester City FC being given advance notice of what was to
come. There are other claims that news was delivered to Manchester
City CEO Ferran Soriano by a phone call when these news were being
released to the public.
Manchester City has issued a statement saying, "Manchester City FC
is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier
League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast
amounts 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."
Manchester City believes that they are being used as an example of
the Premier League being able to keep its own house in order. The
timing has been noted by those behind the scenes to be in relation
to the soon to be released White Paper on football governance which
may recommend the setting up of an independent football regulator.
All this fiasco is said to have been started by a young Portuguese
hacker called Rui Pinto who was hacking through club emails and
major agents’ emails. He gave his hack material to a German Magazine
called Dash Biggle who 5 years ago, published a story investigation
called Football Leaks which alleged that Manchester City among other
clubs were breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA rules, and
Premier League rules by overstating their sponsorship income.