May 4, 2021

Manchester City and Premier League Wage Secret Fight Over Cost Controls

By Tariq Panja

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City, the Gulf-backed soccer team on the cusp of a fourth English Premier League title, is fighting an investigation over financial control rules.

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  City is challenging the Premier League in Britain’s civil courts, where hearings have been held behind closed doors, and where publication of material related to the case has been kept confidential despite intense public interest in the case. It is not known what action the Premier League would take if it found City to have breached its rules. Penalties in its rule book include points deductions and fines.
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  City, backed by the billionaire brother of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, one of the richest men in the world, waged a successful battle in 2020 when it won an appeal against a two-year ban from the Champions League after being found to have breached separate cost control rules by the European soccer governing body, UEFA. City won its case at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration after convincing judges that a time limit had elapsed on the evidence against it. The Premier League’s rules do not have similar deadlines.
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- City requires just one more victory to be sure of the English championship. It is also on a charge toward securing its first Champions League crown. It holds a 2-1 advantage over Paris St.-Germain, another Gulf-controlled club, before Tuesday night’s decisive second semifinal game at its own stadium.
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+ City needs only one more victory to wrap up its third Premier League championship in four years. It is also on a charge toward a bigger prize this season: its first Champions League crown. On Tuesday it eliminated Paris St.-Germain, another Gulf-controlled club, to seal its first trip to the final, on May 29 in Istanbul.
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  The case is taking place against the backdrop of major scrutiny of owners in English soccer. A protest by fans of City’s crosstown rival, Manchester United, led to its game against Liverpool being postponed on Sunday after the two clubs joined City and three other English teams in signing up to a planned breakaway European competition. The plans were abandoned within 48 hours after a torrent of criticism and the threat of government action.
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  Still, City won plaudits after becoming the first of the rebel English clubs to announce it had backed away from the project.

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  • English Premier League
  • Finances
  • Manchester City (Soccer Team)
  • Soccer
  • Suits and Litigation (Civil)