What penalties could Man City face for alleged breaches of financial rules? Premier League champions risk points deduction or even expulsion
Manchester City could be kicked out of the Premier League after being accused of a series of alleged breaches of financial rules.
Pep Guardiola’s side could also be slapped with a points deduction after a four-year investigation into the Manchester club’s dealings.
A range of other penalties could be meted out to the defending champions if they are found guilty of the charges.
City have been charged with more than 100 charges of alleged breaches of financial rules, the Premier League confirmed in a statement.
The allegations regarding the club’s financial reports relate to nine seasons, from the 2009/10 campaign to the 2017/18 campaign.
A hefty fine remains the most likely punishment if City are found guilty.
The Citizens were fined around £27m for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play by UEFA and handed a two-year ban in 2020, which was later overturned and the money given away. been reduced to £10 million.
Other possible Premier League sanctions include a transfer ban, which Chelsea experienced in 2019.
Similarly, spending limits could be imposed on City, who spent £125m during the 2022 summer window.
Man City’s possible sanctions
The independent commission has the power to:
Suspend City from Premier League games
Recommend to the Board of Directors that league games be replayed
Recommend Premier League expulsion
Cancel or deny player registration
Order the City to pay fines
Make any other order he sees fit
More extreme punishments could include a points deduction or even a Premier League expulsion.
It remains to be seen whether the ramifications of such a move would then see City stripped of the titles they won in the years in question.
Another subsequent punishment not meted out by the Premier League would be the exit of manager Guardiola.
The Spaniard, who has won four Premier League titles in five years, claimed in May that he would leave the Etihad if he felt the club’s hierarchy were ever lying to him.
“Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them,” Guardiola said.
“When they’re accused of something, I ask them, ‘Tell me about it.’ They explain and I believe them. I told them, “If you lie to me, the next day I’m not here.
“I’ll be out and I won’t be your friend anymore. I trust you because I believe you 100% from day one and I defend the club because of that.