Man City FFP drama analysed by finance guru amid 'big' news

By Dr Dan Plumley

10th May, 2022 | 2:19pm

Finance guru verdict on Man City being 'docked points' and 'stripped of titles' after 'big' news

Man City are more likely to be retrospectively stripped of titles than face a points deduction if they are found guilty of flouting the Premier League’s financial fair play standards.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the long-running investigation into City’s adherence to the top-flight’s spending controls.

City had a two-year ban from the Champions League overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July 2020 because Uefa’s allegations were time-barred.

But the Premier League’s probe into the Abu Dhabi-backed club’s FFP situation is still ongoing.

The Daily Mail reported last Saturday (7 May) that the league have now appointed two “subject matter experts” to stand as witnesses as the investigation reaches its endgame.

Plumley told this site on Monday (9 May) that he does not believe City will be overly worried about the allegations.

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And the football governance expert claims that it will be complicated for the Premier League to formulate a punishment if they are eventually found guilty.

It is a big story but at the same time, there is no issue with City’s finances at the moment,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“These factors stem from a time gone by, which was part of the Uefa problem in the last case as well.

“So, what do you do? Do you think about points deductions? That wouldn’t make sense because we’re not operating at the time of the alleged offence.

“So are we talking about taking titles off them respectively? That seems slightly more likely, but this is the problem. It’s difficult to figure out how you would work it.”

City’s turnover of £570million was the highest in world football in 2020-21.

They are on course for a fourth league title in five years.

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