Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

FFP is flawed - but Manchester City agreed to regulations

FFP is flawed - but Manchester City agreed to regulations

Man City risked Champions League expulsion in 2014 if a UEFA club finance panel had found it had severely breached "Financial Fair Play" rules, created to curb overspending on player costs.

Guardiola distanced himself from allegations of any wrongdoing on City's part, insisting he doesn't get involved in the business side of the club's dealings.

"Always I've said we can not achieve what we achieve, like the big clubs in Europe, is because they have to spend".

In a further email explaining the project's name, City's chief legal adviser Simon Cliff noted the longbow was the "weapon the English used to beat the French at Crecy and Agincourt". Arabtec workers had gone on strike in May 2013, which was said to have resulted "in violence and deportations" and there had also been reports about the dire conditions in Abu Dhabi for migrant workers.

The deal between the two parties was signed on October 10, 2015, just a couple of months into the Catalan's third season for the Bavarians.

And from Spain today comes more pressure on UEFA to investigate City's practices in relation to FFP, particularly the claim of artificially inflated sponsorship deals - or "financial doping" - which could be the most serious of the lot.

The accusation from Der Spiegel after viewing internal documents is that it was Sheikh Mansour's company, Abu Dhabi United Group, that gave the Rowlands the money "for the purchase of the marketing rights and to pay the players for their marketing appearances".

However, a spokesperson for Etihad has claimed the airline was the real source of the money it paid to City.

City have not commented on the stream of claims, which are to continue for two more days, beyond referring to a statement they issued last week in which the Abu Dhabi-owned club said it would "not be providing any comment on out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people".

"This is reflected in the airline's audited accounts". On Tuesday a La Liga spokesman told the Times: "Uefa should now take action and apply the rules that exist and any sanctions that are necessary".

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain "are cheating and should be sanctioned", according to La Liga following financial conduct allegations.

Under UEFA's "Financial Fair Play" rules, clubs must be transparent about revenues and broadly balance them against expenditure.

His response comes after both Federation Internationale de Football Association and Manchester City issued statements in response to the allegations, denying any wrongdoing.

Asked whether this is what City had been doing, manager Pep Guardiola said there was a lot more to it than that.

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