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Lawyer who will lead the investigation into Man City's alleged FFP breaches is an Arsenal fan

Tom Young

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Lawyer who will lead the investigation into Man City's alleged FFP breaches is an Arsenal fan

Man City and the Premier League are set to go head-to-head in proceedings related to alleged breaches of financial rules across a nine-season period.

The alleged breaches take place between the 2009/10 season and the 2017/18 season, with the reigning Premier League champions adamant that they are clear of any wrongdoing.

The legal proceedings - which are likely to be drawn out over several months - will be overseen by Murray Rosen KC, the head of the Premier League's Judicial Panel, who himself is an avid Arsenal fan and club member.

As head of the panel, it will be up to Rosen to decide who will join him on the commission that will ultimately decide whether Manchester City are guilty of any wrongdoing and in turn, attribute any retrospective punishment to the club.

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What are Manchester City accused of?

Man City have been charged by the Premier League with 'numerous breaches' of financial rules. The charges come after a four-year investigation by the league.

The charges relate to breaches of financial rules over a nine-year period. The club are accused of failing to provide accurate financial information relating to sponsorship revenue, operating costs, payment of wages among other financial wrongdoings.

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What sanctions could be applied to the club?

If Rosen and Co deem Manchester City to be guilty of such wrongdoings, then a range of sanctions could be applied to the club.

Possible sanctions range from suspension from competing in league matches to potential expulsion to the Premier League.

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The board could also recommend that league matches have to be replayed, they could order the payment of compensation or deduct points from the Citizens.

It is worth noting that any points deductions would be applied to the current season at the time of the decision, with the process likely to spread out over a number of months, it is deemed unlikely that City would be handed a deduction during the 2022/23 campaign.

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Topics: Manchester City, Premier League, Pep Guardiola

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