The possibility of a point reduction or expulsion from the league has been raised against Manchester City for violating Financial Fair Play (FFP). No definite decision has been made yet. Even if the charges are admitted, it is highly likely that the disciplinary action will be made with a reduction in points rather than expulsion from the league. But if the charges are admitted, Man City could lose more than points.
I heard shocking news. It was that Manchester City were in danger of being disciplined for violating FFP rules. The English Premier League (EPL) officially announced on the 6th (Korean time), “The EPL Secretariat has indicted Man City for violating the FFP. The investigation will be conducted in secret. The final results will be published on the EPL website.”
FFP is a rule to improve the financial health of European football clubs. Simply put, it is a rule that each club spends only as much as it earns to maintain fairness. However, Manchester City were found to have violated it on more than 100 occasions in about nine years. Journalist Martin Ziegler of the British media’Times’ said, “After a four-year investigation, the EPL found that Manchester City had violated numerous FFP rules. There are only 100 cases, and if the charges are acknowledged, a ‘point reduction’ or ‘league penalty’ will be imposed. You will be subject to the penalty of expulsion.”
Man City refuted this. “We are surprised that the EPL has announced an alleged rule violation. We welcome the Committee’s review of this matter in order to give an impartial consideration to all evidence supporting the club’s position. This matter has been fully resolved,” the statement said. I hope it will be,” he said.
Man City has experience of being accused of FFP violations in 2020 as well. At the time, he was disciplined by the European Football Federation (UEFA). UEFA banned Manchester City from participating in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) for two years and fined them. However, Manchester City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and were found ‘not guilty’.
About three years later, another charge of FFP violation was raised. Of course, this is not final. The EPL said it would conduct a secret investigation, and it is expected to take quite a long time as it is a serious and long-term issue.
Confident EPL and unfair Man City. We will know which of the two is correct when the final result comes out. If the ruling is in favor of Manchester City, it could have a huge impact. It is not simply a matter of deducting victory points. The long-term future of the club and the project itself could be shaken.
Accompaniment with manager Pep Guardiola also becomes uncertain. In the past, Guardiola has been questioned about City’s rule violations. But he showed confidence. Guardiola said: “I believe in the club 100 per cent. I told them, 먹튀검증 ‘If you lie to me, we won’t be friends anymore’. I am without a doubt a big fan of this club.” . As much as they showed great trust, if that trust is cracked, the relationship between the two parties can no longer continue.
If trust with the manager who leads the club is broken, it will naturally affect the relationship with the players. Players will be filled with the idea that they can fool themselves, one of many players, while the head of the team has been deceived. It is the management that manages the club, but its existence depends on the players and the manager. If trust disappears between the players and coaches who become the face of the team and the club, the club’s long-term future and identity as a ‘soccer team’ will inevitably be shaken.