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‘We were right’ – UEFA chief makes strong ban claim over Man City FFP charges as Liverpool wait

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Latest Liverpool news as UEFA president discusses Manchester City FFP case.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has reiterated his view that the European football governing body was right to investigate, charge and ultimately punish Manchester City for breaches of financial rules.

In 2018 City were found guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and were thrown out of the Champions League amid a two-year ban. The decision was appealed by City and taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where it was overturned.

Ceferin gave an interview to The Telegraph a time when the Premier League are under increasing scrutiny following punishments handed out to Nottingham Forest and Everton for breaches of the top flight Profitability and Sustainability rules (PSRs). City, who were charged with 115 breaches of regulations in 2023, are yet to get an outcome from their own case.

Everton were deducted 10 points by the Premier League for a sole charge last year, and it has raised the prospect of an even larger punishment for City still to come. Ceferin and UEFA are constantly monitoring clubs and their finances, which led to City’s UEFA case in 2018.

Speaking about City’s case, Ceferin told The Telegraph: “We know we were right. We wouldn’t decide if we didn’t think we were right. As a trial lawyer for 25 years, I know that, sometimes, you win a case that you are sure you will lose. And, sometimes, you lose a case when you’re sure. You just simply have to respect in a serious democracy the decision of the court. I don’t want to speak about the case in England. But I trust that the decision of our independent body was correct. I didn’t enter into this decision.”

City have denied the allegations made by the Premier League. There has been criticism of the time taken to reach a decision, particularly given Everton have been punished.

“They want to know what’s going on and what are the consequences but I don’t want to enter into this concrete process because I don’t know what the Premier League is dealing with,” Ceferin added. “I really don’t want to criticise, or something like that. It wouldn’t be fair.”

City’s rivals, including Liverpool, will be awaiting for the outcome to City’s case with a date now set for the trial. Speaking at a Parliamentary select committee in Westminster last week, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “I can [understand fans’ frustration] but they are very different charges [for Everton, when compared to Manchester City].

“When any club, the current champions or otherwise, found themselves in breach for 2022/23 then they would be in exactly the same position as Everton and Nottingham Forest. The volume and character of the charges against Manchester City, which I cannot talk about, are being heard in a completely different environment. There is a date set for that proceeding, I can’t tell you when that is but it is progressing. A date has been set.”

 

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