Premier League still investigating Man City over FFP

The Premier League is still investigating Manchester City over financial fair play breaches, more than two years after the process began.

In February 2020 the Citizens were banned from the Champions League by UEFA for two years and fined €30m for ‘serious breaches’ of FFP, though the suspension was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the financial sanction reduced to €10m for not cooperating fully with the governing body’s investigation.

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

The Daily Mail report that while UEFA’s investigation has concluded, the Premier League are still coming to their own conclusions.

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The club previously had FFP trouble in 2014, when they were fined €60m – later reduced to €20m – and were dealt squad and transfer restrictions after they were found guilty. They did not appeal that verdict.

UEFA’s 2020 sanctions looked to have dealt City a major blow as they looked to continue their ascension throughout European football. The futures of key players like Kevin De Bruyne and manager Pep Guardiola were suddenly thrown into doubt.

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City won at Crystal Palace on Saturday | Pool/Getty Images

However, things again look much brighter on the pitch, with the squad tipped to dominate England’s top flight for years to come.

City have become one of the biggest clubs in the world since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in 2008. They have forked out enormous sums in multiple transfer windows and have an incredible squad currently – one that is primed to win this season’s Premier League title and reach the Champions League final after a 2-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their semi final.

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Guardiola’s side will be crowned Premier League champions on Sunday if current title holders Liverpool win at Manchester United. If that doesn’t happen, two more points from their remaining four games will be enough to seal a seventh top-flight title.

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