English Premier league current title holders Manchester City face a 15-point deduction after breaching several financial rules. For the past 10 years, Manchester City has been the most spending football team in the world, alongside Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain. Breaching the financial rules sometimes attracts lighter punishments like fines, but City offences are deemed too severe for small fines. They now face either being relegated or meeting a strict 15-point deduction.
A few months ago, another Giant club Juventus faced the same situation and saw themselves deducted 15 points. Juventus found themselves in the bottom half after such a deduction, which has haunted their chances of getting to the title. Manchester City also has a severe title battle with Arsenal and Manchester United. This is a close battle. If City loses 15 points, they will not be able to challenge for this year’s title. Manchester United is only 3 points behind them, and Arsenal is only 5 points above them.
What did Manchester City do to face a 15 points deduction?
The investigation took over four years before the Premier League came out with the results. They have been investigating Manchester City on their financial dealings and found that they have breached several financial rules that gave them severe advantages over the past five years. Their spending appetite in the transfer windows raised a lot of suspicions, leading to its investigation.
The Premier League said in a statement:
In accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1, the Premier League confirms that it has today referred a number of alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules by Manchester City Football Club to a Commission.
Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel, in accordance with Premier League Rules W.19, W.20 and W.26.
The proceedings before the Commission will, in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82, be confidential and heard in private. Under Premier League Rule W.82.2, the Commission’s final award will be published on the Premier League’s website.
“This confirmation is made in accordance with Premier League Rule W.82.1. The Premier League will be making no further comment in respect of this matter until further notice.”