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What are Man City’s 115 charges and why are they suing the Premier League?

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Manchester City face a hearing into 115 charges levelled by the Premier League later this year – but what are the charges against them, and why are they suing the Premier League?

The 115 alleged breaches of financial rules by City were lodged by the Premier League in February 2023, with the club still awaiting a hearing into those charges.

This is despite Premier League chief executive Richard Masters stating to a Parliamentary Select Committee in January that a date had been set – although he could not reveal it.

The Times now report that the hearing will be held at some point in November, and is expected to last for six weeks.

What are the 115 charges against Manchester City?

City have been charged over 115 alleged breaches of financial rules relating to the time period between 2009 and 2018. The club strenuously deny all the charges against them.

The full list of charges is as follows:

  • Failure to provide accurate and up-to-date financial information from 2009/10 to and including 2017/18 – 54 alleged breaches
  • Failure to co-operate with Premier League investigations from December 2018 – present [February 2023] – 35 alleged breaches
  • Failure to provide accurate financial reports for player and manager compensation from 2009/10 to and including 2017/18 – 14 alleged breaches
  • Breaches of Premier League profitability and sustainability regulations from 2015/16 to and including 2017/18 – Seven alleged breaches
  • Failure to comply with UEFA’s regulations, including UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations – Five alleged breaches

Why are Manchester City suing the Premier League?

On Tuesday, The Times reported that City were launching unprecedented legal action against the Premier League.

The dispute, it has been reported, will be settled in a two-week private arbitration hearing beginning Monday, June 10.

The legal action relates to the Premier League’s Associated Party Transaction rules, which are designed to prevent clubs from inflating commercial deals with companies linked to their ownership.

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