Man City titles stripped or points deduction? Possible FFP penalties as Liverpool awaits verdict

The international break may be perceived as dull by some, but recent developments in the Premier League have sparked plenty of discussion and speculation. Following Everton’s punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, which resulted in a 10-point deduction, attention has turned to the ongoing investigation into Manchester City’s financial conduct. Liverpool fans will be eagerly awaiting the outcome as it could have significant implications for the Premier League title race.

Back in February, it was revealed that Manchester City had been charged by the Premier League with over 100 breaches of its financial rules. The charges followed a four-year investigation and raised concerns about the club’s compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations. In response to these charges, the Premier League referred the case to a Commission under Premier League Rule W.3.4.

The Commission, which operates independently of the Premier League and its member clubs, will examine the alleged breaches in a confidential and private hearing. The final award of the Commission will be published on the Premier League’s website. Until then, the Premier League has refrained from making any further comments on the matter.

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Speculation about potential punishments has arisen, with The Times’ Martyn Ziegler previously suggesting that Manchester City could face a point deduction or even expulsion from the Premier League, similar to Everton’s punishment. If such penalties were imposed, it would undoubtedly impact the title race.

However, it is important to note that any punishments would likely not be retrospective. The alleged breaches cover a nine-year period between the 2009-10 and 2017-18 seasons, making it highly unlikely that Manchester City would be stripped of their previous Premier League titles. Miguel Delaney of The Independent stated previously on X/Twitter that figures involved in the case do not believe retrospective punishments, such as title stripping, are on the table.

Meanwhile, Manchester City has maintained its position throughout the investigation. In its annual report and financial report, the club expressed its willingness to cooperate with the independent Commission and welcomed a review of the evidence supporting its position. This indicates their confidence in their compliance with the Premier League’s financial rules.


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