Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Man City 'ignored warnings' over controversial sponsorship deal

Man City 'ignored warnings' over controversial sponsorship deal

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, left, with chief executive Ferran Soriano at Etihad Stadium before a match.

On Friday, Der Spiegel disclosed how Infantino did a secret deal over FFP sanctions with City's Abu Dhabi owners and Paris St-Germain's Qatari owners while he was general secretary at UEFA.

The three letters, FFP, have always hung over Manchester City ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008, with the rich Arab pumping billions into the Premier League side to transform them into the all-dominating side we see today.

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Pep Guardiola is turning out to be another huge success at the helm and is looking good whilst Manchester City try to win a second successive Premier League trophy.

Manchester United have gone through the agony of seeing arch-rivals Manchester City turn into a footballing superpower in the last few years. "We want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules".

"We certainly hope Uefa will take the right decisions and enforce Financial Fair Play rules, but we don't have full confidence that they will".

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In its latest claims, Der Spiegel says City used "creative solutions" including selling players' image rights to an external company, therefore writing off that cost from their accounts.

Documents suggest a company called Fordham Sports Management - allegedly steered by Conservative Party donor David Rowland and his son Jonathan - paid City players for their image rights. At the time of the email, France legend Michel Platini was Uefa president.

Der Spiegel on Wednesday published a third instalment of its series on Manchester City, all based on documents from Football Leaks. One memo from chief executive Ferran Soriano is said to have read, "We will need to fight this and do it in a way that is not visible, or we will be pointed out as the global enemies of football". UEFA's rules are intended, among other things, to prevent exactly that.

"The Football Leaks documents appear to confirm what we have been saying for years".

PSG have already launched an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against UEFA's re-opened financial fair play investigation.

And while the club have given only a short response to the allegations to date, on Tuesday boss Pep Guardiola insisted City's success is not exclusively down to the money they have spent.

When auditors examined the arrangement on behalf of Uefa, they described it as a "very good deal for MCFC", with one analyst stating he was having difficulty understanding how Fordham expected to make a return.

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