Manchester City will have to wait until at least 2020 to hear if they have been found guilty of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
Although the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) – who investigate UEFA’s monetary matters – were due to meet regarding the issue this month, Goal is reporting that the meeting has been postponed until the end of January at the earliest.
This means City, who have been under investigation from each of UEFA, FIFA, the Premier League and the English FA throughout 2019, won’t hear if they are to face punishment from the Union of European Football Associations before the year is out.
UEFA’s investigations into Manchester City’s finances began in March 2019, after documents retrieved by the controversial Football Leaks website – created by charged criminal Rui Pinto – were published by German outlet Der Spiegel. These leaks purported to show that the club had manipulated sponsorship deals to breach regulations.
If found guilty, the likely punishments could range from fines, to transfer bans, or even temporary exclusion from UEFA competitions entirely. The club have denied any wrongdoing throughout the process, with a statement claiming that; “Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body“.
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