Man City scandal slammed amid new Sancho details - Dr Dan

By Dr Dan Plumley

13th Apr, 2022 | 7:00am

Finance guru: Multiple clubs complicit in Man City scandal as Jadon Sancho details emerge

Man City are likely not the only club to have violated Uefa rules over the recruitment of underage players.

So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about City’s handling of the likes of Jadon Sancho.

Der Spiegel published alleged leaked documents last Thursday (7 April) that appear to show that City made illegal payments to Sancho, now 22, in 2015.

The winger, who signed for Man United from Borussia Dortmund last July, was just 14 when he joined City’s academy from Watford seven years ago.

City also allegedly brought Brahim Diaz, now on loan at AC Milan from Real Madrid, to the academy two years before he turned 16 in 2015.

City are at risk of “reputational damage” because of the scandal but it is also likely that they are not the only club guilty of such conduct, claims Plumley.

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“Reputational damage is always a risk when these stories emerge,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“It hurts any club when there has been this big backstory rumbling on for years.

“But they have ridden some of the storm in the past in terms of the case linked to Uefa.

“They won’t be the first club to have done this and they probably won’t be the last. I suppose that is a wider look at football and how it operates.”

Der Spiegel also accuse City of boosting their FFP status through artificially inflated sponsorship agreements.

The reigning Premier League champions dodged a Champions League ban in July 2020 because similar allegations were time-barred.

In other news, pundit suggests Pep Guardiola “doesn’t trust” Jack Grealish after Man City decision confirmed.