Manchester City have lodged legal challenges against the Premier League over the 115 charges of alleged rule breaches, according to reports.
It is believed that the champions of the Premier League are challenging not only the barrister in charge of the proceeding but also the legality of the charges that have been brought against them.
As per reports, the question has emerged comparable to changes in the English first class’ rules, with the six-time champions of the conviction that they shouldn’t have any significant bearing to investigations concerning affirmed rule breaks before their presentation.
In addition, Murray Rosen KC, a self-described supporter of Arsenal, the direct title challengers, is thought to have challenged the club’s involvement.
Rosen is a barrister who sits at the top of the Premier League’s independent judicial panel. According to the rules, he is allowed to choose his own chair for the disciplinary commission.
Murray Rosen KC will seat the autonomous commission investigating affirmed rule breaks by Manchester City. According to his online biography, he is also a member of the MCC and Arsenal. He also likes to play real tennis, but Arsenal will not be a part of the commission that will decide City’s fate. The Head Association’s assertion said ‘bonuses are autonomous of the Chief Association and part clubs.
The case against Man City is not expected to be resolved for at least two to four years, and the most recent development is likely to further delay the proceedings.
Although a legitimate debate between the two groups should at first arrive at a mediation council, it might actually advance to a Higher Court and Court of Appeal.
City got legal papers from the Premier League in February at first reporting the charges over supposed financial rule breaks.
The club, on the other hand, made it abundantly clear that they would take any and all measures necessary to defend themselves from the allegations. They also asserted that they had “irrefutable evidence” to dispute the alleged breaches over the course of the previous 14 seasons.
Over the course of the previous campaigns, a number of rules changes have been made to the top division, and it is not yet clear which of these rule changes the challenge is aimed at.
In February 2022, the rules were changed to require people to provide information or documentation upon request and to respond “comprehensively” and “cooperatively and openly” to questions.
A further modification to the rules was made for the 2016-17 season, requiring that all clubs comply “in full” with Premier League investigations and provide information requested by the competition.
Notwithstanding, if the charges of supposed breaches are proven, there could be a heap of possible ramifications for the club. These could result in a loss of points or even being kicked out of the Premier League entirely.
The 115 charges were brought against the club back in February 2023 at the perfection of a long investigation.
The charges against the reigning champions relate to financial information regarding revenue, details of manager and player remuneration, UEFA regulations, profitability and sustainability and co-operation with Premier League investigations.
In a statement, Manchester City said it was surprised by the alleged breaches.
It read: ‘Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.
‘The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.
‘As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.’
The allegations made in February brought the club’s investigation to the public’s attention earlier this year; however, it was actually part of a process that had been going on behind the scenes for approximately four years under strict secrecy.
When German investigative website Der Spiegel published documents from the Football Leaks cache that originated with Portuguese computer hacker Rui Pinto, the Citizens sought top legal advice and filed legal challenges against the league.
They alleged that City had overstated sponsorship income, with money being paid by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners rather than sponsors linked to the Gulf state.
These related to sponsorship deals with the Etihad airline, who still sponsor City’s stadium and shirts, and telecoms company Etisalat.
In March 2021, a High Court ruling claimed that the club ‘sought to delay its handing over of the relevant documents and information’ via a number of ‘procedural applications’.