Finance guru: Man City to 'go hard' in legal battle as new FFP probe details emerge
Man City will once again “go hard” and hire the best lawyers if they are forced into a legal battle with the Premier League.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about fresh details of the top flight’s long-running probe into alleged financial fair play breaches at the Etihad.
City were banned from the Champions League for two years and fined £25million after Uefa ruled in February 2020 that they had misled the governing body over their FFP status.
But the suspension was overturned and the fine was reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July that same year.
However, the Premier League, who have their own distinct financial controls, are reportedly still investigating the club.
And per the Daily Mail, on Saturday (7 May) they have now hired two “subject matter experts” as the inquest reaches its final stages.
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But Plumley argues that Abu Dhabi-backed City will not be overly concerned about the investigation.
“This monitoring does happen,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Other clubs will have been looked at and it won’t even make the news.
“Will they be worried? I would err on the side of thinking they won’t be that worried.
“Against Uefa, they went hard and put forward a better legal team. They have better resources. That is not arrogance. They will just be well-versed with how these things work.
“It’s a little bit different because no one has been charged by the Premier League with regards to FFP. There therefore is no benchmark.
“But whatever happens, they’ll be well prepared again. They will be smart enough to get their house in order.”
No side in world football generated more revenue than City in 2020-21.
They turned over £570m, with a profit of £2.4m.