Man City given fresh verdict on 115 FFP charges as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham await decision

Manchester City have been charged with 115 breaches of the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules and the case is expected to rumble on for years to come

Manchester City face 115 FFP charges from the Premier League

Sports finance expert Rob Wilson has made a prediction about the 115 Financial Fair Play charges against Manchester City, as Premier League rivals continue to wait. He believes that not all of the charges will be heard by the Premier League’s independent commission, and he thinks it’s even less likely that the club will be forced to be relegated.

Manchester City were charged more than a year ago with 115 breaches of the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) between 2009 and 2018. This charge was something no other club had faced before, leading to rumours that if found guilty, the club could be relegated.

The Citizens have always maintained their innocence regarding these charges. Meanwhile, both Everton and Nottingham Forest have been charged by the Premier League for breaching PSR rules, but on a smaller scale.

In a chat with Grosvenor Sport, Wilson tried to calm any worries that City fans might have about their team dropping into the Championship or lower. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will all be watching on interestedly with City consistently challenging at the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea supporters will also be lookingon given the scale of transfer spending that has taken place at Stamford Bridge since Todd Boehly’s arrrival at the club.

Wilson explained: “I think we will get the first sight of Manchester City’s legal proceedings in the autumn, but that will be when the case starts, not when it finishes. Manchester City are richer than the Premier League and therefore will buy the best lawyers and the best accountants to try and get them out of this situation.

“It will probably last years and years and years if indeed it ever gets resolved. Manchester City will wrap the Premier League up in so much litigation that it will just become boring and laborious and I think it will fizzle out.

“That’s the kind of travesty with it when you take Everton, Forest and potentially Leicester they are single breaches being dealt with quite quickly. You need to multiply that by 115. If it takes three months to do one charge, you know, just 115 multiplied by three and you start to get a sense of the scale of what’s going on.

“The Nottingham Forest verdict report was 25,000 words so 25,000 words multiplied by 115, that’s a lot of writing and a lot of paperwork to get through. I think ultimately that’s why it’s taken so long. It looks like we might never reach a conclusion just by the scale of it.

“It could become financially too risky for the Premier League to continue. If we boil 115 charges down there are probably 30 to 35 that are really serious relating to overspending.

 

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