By Kieran Maguire

18th Jun, 2022 | 11:18am

Kieran Maguire issues 'smoking gun' claim as Man City face 'serious' FFP allegations

Man City are unlikely to face punishment over alleged Financial Fair Play offences because Javier Tebas does not have a “smoking gun” to use as evidence.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the La Liga president’s accusations against City and Paris Saint-Germain.

As relayed by the Daily Mail on Wednesday (15 May), Tebas has claimed that both teams are guilty of “continuously breaching” Uefa’s spending laws.

The Spaniard, 59, argues that artificially inflated sponsorship arrangements have been used to boost their standing within FFP parameters.

City were charged with financial impropriety by Uefa and barred from the Champions League for two years in February 2020 because of similar charges.

But the ban was overturned and the fine reduced after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that the offences were time-barred.

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And Maguire insists that it is unlikely that there is enough evidence to support a second case against the reiging Premier League champions.

“They are serious allegations,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“But you would think that, if Tebas really had a smoking gun, he would have presented that information rather than shouting off in an interview. I think he loses credibility because of that.

“We’re looking at textbook Tebas here. Spanish football, with the exception of Real, Barca and Atleti, doesn’t receive a huge amount of attention.

“Given the long-term scrutiny that has been focused on both City and PSG, it is difficult to see what Uefa can do unless Tebas has new information.

“Also, is there any appetite from Uefa with regards to this? They have had relatively little success in historic attempts.”

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