February 22, 2024

In February 2023, Man City were charged by Premier League with numerous alleged breaches of financial rules; The case has been referred to an independent commission; Everton and Nottingham Forest were charged with breaching Premier League Profitability and Sustainability Rules this week

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says a date has been set for Manchester City’s hearing over 115 alleged breaches of the league’s financial rules, but would not reveal when.

According to the Premier League, Man City, who were charged in February 2023, allegedly broke the rules over nine seasons between 2009 and 2018, during which time they won the league title three times.

Everton and Nottingham Forest were charged with breaching Premier League Profitability and Sustainability Rules earlier this week – and Everton were deducted 10 points in November for the same offence.

When questioned by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at a select committee meeting on Tuesday over whether he could understand fans’ frustrations regarding the delay to the City hearing, Masters said: “I can but they are very different charges.

“If any club, whether they are the current champions or otherwise, had been found in breach of the spending rules for year ’23, they would be in exactly the same position as Everton or Nottingham Forest.

“The volume and character of the charges laid before Man City, which I cannot talk about at all, are being heard in a completely different environment.

“There is a date set for that proceeding. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you when that is but that is progressing. I can’t give any details on Man City beyond saying a date has been set, I can’t tell you when that date is.

“On Chelsea, as you know, the new owners came forward with information to The FA, UEFA and Premier League about previous ownership and we’re still investigating that. We don’t announce the outcome of that until we have completed those investigations.”

Man City allegedly didn’t provide accurate financial information and did not fully disclose the financial remunerations that were made to one of their managers over a four-year period.

The Premier League also alleges Man City didn’t comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules over a five-year period. They also allege that Man City have not fully co-operated with the Premier League’s investigation.

 

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