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UEFA Open Official Proceedings Against Manchester City

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Manchester City are being formally investigated by UEFA for breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.

They could face a Champions League ban next season if leaked documents published by German magazine Der Spiegel prove financial cheating.

Among the many allegations is that the club used cash from owner Sheik Mansour to finance sponsorship deals and circumvent FFP rules.

A statement by UEFA last night said:

‘The investigation will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets.’

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Pep Guardiola Praises Players As City Beat Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his players for revitalizing the title race after inflicting Premier League leaders Liverpool’s first defeat of the season.

Sergio Aguero, with his seventh goal in as many home league matches against the Reds, and Leroy Sane scored either side of Roberto Firmino’s second-half equaliser to reduce the distance between the two sides to four points.

Had City lost, a 10-point disadvantage would have looked insurmountable even for the defending champions and Guardiola believes they have now breathed new life into their chase.

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Would UEFA Give Manchester City A Champions League Ban?

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UEFA’S chief financial investigator has confirmed that Manchester City could indeed be banned from the Champions League if they are found guilty of a further breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.

I wrote last month, the view being held by senior figures at European football’s governing body is that a heavier punishment would be appropriate if a club fined previously for breaking FFP rules are in breach again.

And now Yves Leterme, the head of Uefa’s independent Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), has told a Belgian publication that City may now face ‘the heaviest punishment’

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Premier League Weekend Winners And Losers

It was another existing weekend in the Premier League as Chelsea stunned Manchester City, Liverpool stayed unbeaten and Burnley was the only side in the bottom six to win.

Here is a look at this week’s Premier League’s Winners and Losers.

Title race
Over the last few weeks, there was a growing feeling that the destination of the Premier League title had already been decided. So dominant was Manchester City’s football that nobody could surely stop them.

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Would UEFA Really Ban Man City From Champions League?

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City are reportedly facing a Champions League ban for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.

The English champions were the subject of a series of stunning revelations made by the Football Leaks hackers last month, not least with regard to inflated sponsorship deals seemingly designed to beat UEFA’s FFP system.

Among the reports, based on documents seized by Football Leaks, was a claim that City’s holding company paid £59.5million of Etihad’s annual sponsorship deal, with only £8m coming from the airline.

On Monday, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed that what he described as ‘a concrete case’ was being investigated.

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La Liga Furious Over Man City And PSG Financial Doping

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain “are cheating and should be sanctioned”, according to La Liga following financial conduct allegations.

German news magazine Der Spiegel says City and PSG overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

And it says that in 2014 the clubs negotiated with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who was then general secretary of European football’s governing body Uefa, to agree reduced punishments.

City say they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation is “organized and clear”.

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Pep Defends City After Football Leaks Accusations

Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City in light of allegations the club breached financial fair play regulations and said they have to “accept it” if people claim they only win because of because of their spending power.

German magazine Der Spiegel released a number of stories based on so-called Football Leaks data alleging City had avoided UEFA’s FFP regulations.

City released a statement following the initial allegations that were made on Friday. The statement said the club would not comment on “the attempt to damage the club’s reputation,” but Guardiola fielded questions about the allegations at a news conference ahead of their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

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Zlatan Calls Premier League ‘Overrated’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said the quality of the Premier League is “overrated” but that very few can handle the pace required to succeed in English football’s top flight.

Ibrahimovic spent 19 months at Manchester United between 2016 and 2018, scoring 29 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions. Previous to that, he had played in his native Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France.

Ibrahimovic said a lot of people tried to persuade him not to join United as he could produce a low mark in a career which had seem him win 13 league titles up to that point; but he was determined to prove them wrong.

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European Clubs Secretly Talking About A Super League

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According to recently acquired emails from Football Leaks, 16 of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been negotiating to form a Super League.

This idea had been floated in the open before, but according to the trans-national investigation resulting from hacked emails obtained by Der Spiegel, there were and above all still are concrete steps taken to make it a reality.

The clubs allegedly involved on the ground floor in this Super League plot starting in January 2016 were Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Liverpool and Milan.

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Did UEFA Cover-Up PSG And Man City FFP Problems?

According to hacked emails acquired by Football Leaks, UEFA helped Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City cover up massive Financial Fair Play violations in the form of inflated sponsorship deals.

The latest edition of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) expose as a result of leaked documentation makes remarkable allegations.

“European football association UEFA arranged secret settlements with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain that allowed the clubs to cheat its own Financial Fair Play rules by hundreds of millions of euros, a new investigation by EIC Network can reveal.