May 21, 2024

Manchester City are accused of breaching financial rules, with one poll enforcing a similar points deduction to the one dished out to Everton

 

According to a new report, Manchester City should receive the same point deduction as Everton following their accusation of 115 financial violations between 2009 and 2018.

 

The Toffees suffered a 10-point deduction from the Premier League last week after reporting a £44.7 million deficit in 2021–22 and recording losses for the fifth straight year in March. Manchester City has also been accused of violating financial fair play regulations more than 100 times in a nine-year span, but they have not yet been penalised.

 

However, a poll from the Express suggests that deducting points would be a fair response, so the Premier League is being urged to punish City as harshly as possible.

The majority of those who voted on the poll (41 per cent) believe that City should be docked points following the charges. Over a third of those asked, however, would like to see a harsher punishment, with 36 per cent saying Pep Guardiola’s side should be kicked out of England’s top flight.

 

Fewer than a quarter of voters believe that titles should be stripped of the Treble winners. No team has ever had their Premier League trophy rescinded before, with Everton only the third to be deducted points, following Middlesbrough and Portsmou.

 

Chelsea, too, have been accused of breaching regulations and could face punishment either from the Premier League or UEFA.

Among other allegations, Manchester City are accused of not fully disclosing how much money was paid to one of their managers over a four-year period, with a secret contract implied.

In February 2020, City were banned by UEFA from European competition for two seasons – though the Eastlands outfit took that case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), only for the ban was overturned.

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