Man City shouldn't be investigated by Fifa despite Mancini reveal - Maguire

By Kieran Maguire

12th Apr, 2022 | 7:00am

Kieran Maguire lambasts possible Fifa intervention after 'really awkward' Man City reveal

It would be an “invasion of privacy” if Fifa were to investigate Man City for alleged breaches of contract regulations.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about accusations of financial misconduct at the Eithad.

German outlet Der Spiegel reported last Thursday (7 April) that the Premier League leaders have flouted a multitude of financial fair play regulations.

City are accused of artificially boosting their FFP standing through surrogate sponsorship payments and parallel contract arrangements.

Ex-City boss Roberto Mancini, 57, allegedly received half his salary from the club and half from a consultancy contract with media company Al Jazeera.

It is claimed that the Italian’s role at the Qatari firm was entirely fictitious and used as a proxy to boost his pay without denting the club’s FFP status.

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But Maguire claims that it would not be appropriate if world football’s governing body intervened over the alleged breaches.

“I see the rationale behind why they are allegedly doing it,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“For every £1 paid by a third party, it’s £1 saved as far as your FFP calculation.

“But the question here is, where do you draw the line? Do you say all contracts from Abu Dhabi have to be approved by Fifa?

“That’s an invasion of privacy, in my view. It’s a really awkward situation.”

Mancini oversaw City’s first Premier League title triumph in the 2011-12 campaign.

He led the Italian national team to European Championship glory last summer but has since failed to steer them towards the World Cup in Qatar.

In other news, pundit wishes “good luck” to Jack Grealish after Man City news.