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Claims of Premier League investigation into Man City made by German newspaper

Claims of Premier League investigation into Man City made by German newspaper

German newspaper Der Spiegel has claimed it knows the details of the Premier League investigation into Manchester City.

In March 2019, the Premier League launched an investigation into City for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), which has yet to be concluded.

European governing body UEFA had previously investigated City and the English champions were initially banned from European competition for two years, but the decision was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who said that “Most of the alleged violations were either not established or time-barred”.

What is Der Spiegel claiming?

Der Spiegel claimed to have received information that the Premier League’s investigation is looking at three areas, the first being “in violation of the rules, through monetary payments to underage players to sign contracts with Manchester City”. was allegedly pressurized for”.

The second is that “club sponsors in Abu Dhabi suspect that they have provided only a portion of their payments to the club itself, much of which is clearly coming. [owner] Sheikh Mansoor himself”.

And finally that former manager Roberto Mancini is “supposed to have secretly received a significant portion of his compensation through a fictitious consulting contract”.

What happened in the UEFA investigation?

A UEFA investigation into alleged FFP irregularities was inspired by several of Der Spiegel’s claims, based on documents obtained by whistleblower Football Leaks in 2018.

After being initially penalized by UEFA, CAS stated that City did not overstate the sponsorship contribution.

The city has been contacted for comment aim Der Spiegel’s latest claims but no response has been received yet.

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