UEFA convinced Manchester City cheated

The recent Champions League winner has bent UEFA rules to get his way in recent years. The European authority in a certainty.

Everything happens in 2023. The Premier League, the FA Cup and of course the Champions League, almost nothing has escaped the players of Manchester City this season. This undeniable sporting triumph remains, however, tied to numerous breaches of UEFA regulations, recalls the Times. No less than 115 offenses having been noted, including two considered serious by the parent company of the continental round ball.

In 2012 and 2013, by two colossal transfers bringing together no less than 35 million euros, the Cityzens bailed out their coffers outside the admitted sponsorship circuit – « disguised equity financing », according to UEFA, convinced that the owners Emirates of the English club have thus circumvented the authorized limit in terms of equity. Cheating which, detected at the time, could have earned the Skyblues an outright expulsion from European competitions.

CAS turns a blind eye

According to the Times investigation, the Manchester club’s misconduct and other trickery will continue until at least 2018. Facts too distant, however, to justify a sanction in the eyes of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which opposes the limitation period for attempts at compensation adapted by UEFA. In other words, Manchester City at this time does not risk anything. Except to have played with fire in all the last seasons…