Manchester City referred to Club Financial Control Body for violating Financial Fair Play 

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2018/19 Premier League Champions, Manchester City,  say they are “disappointed, but regrettably not surprised” after being referred Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB ) adjudicatory chamber following an investigation into financial fair play.

UEFA opened an investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the club earlier this year but City deny any wrongdoing and say the accusations are entirely false.

A panel investigating financial allegations concerning City are expected to recommend the club receive a one-year ban from the Champions League, according to Sky sources.

A UEFA statement on Thursday read: “The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has today decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation.

The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on March 7, 2019 for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets.

UEFA will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber.”

Responding to the decision, a Manchester City club statement read: “Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC Chief Investigator Yves Leterme.

“The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr. Leterme.

“Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body.

“The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the Chamber.… Read More...

Updated: CHAMPIONS! Manchester City win back-to-back Premier League titles

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The race for the 2018/19 Premier League season is over as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side on the final day of season claim their second straight Premier League titles.

Man City enjoyed an incredible run of 14-straight victories to end the season with 98 points, one point clear of Liverpool, who they trailed by seven points in early January.

Glenn Murray opened the scoring for Brighton & Hove Albion to give Man City a scare, but Sergio Aguero equalised and then Aymeric Laporte put Man City ahead before the break. Riyad Mahrez scored a stunner to make it 3-1 in the second half, as Man City eased to the title with Ilkay Gundogan adding 4-1 with a superb free-kick.

City finish the season on 98 points, one ahead of Liverpool with 97 points to record the second-highest points tally in Premier League history, two points less than the record they set last season. With the League Cup and Premier League title already secured, Man City will now be the first English team to ever complete a domestic treble if they beat Watford in the FA Cup final next Saturday.

 

Anthony Nlebem

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