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Manchester City have hit out in a strongly worded statement after a Uefa investigation into allegations of financial fair play irregularities, which could lead to a Champions League ban, was sent for a final judgment at the governing body.

The chairman and chief investigator of Uefa’s club financial control body investigatory chamber, Yves Leterme, has concluded City have a case to answer and has referred the matter to the adjudicatory chamber, which will rule on the matter.

Members of the investigatory chamber are thought to have recommended a Champions League ban if the allegations of misleading Uefa over FFP are proved.

City, who have vehemently denied wrongdoing, expressed anger in a statement which referred to a report in the New York Times on Monday that the IC is set to recommend City being banned from the Champions League. The club are expected to take their case to the court of arbitration for sport if Uefa finds them guilty.

“Manchester City football club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC chief investigator Yves Leterme,” the club said.

“The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr Leterme.Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body.

“The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the Chamber.

“The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process.”

Leterme is a senior Belgian politician and former prime minister.

City have been facing allegations since November that they falsely declared as sponsorships millions of pounds that were in fact an investment from the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. The allegations are based on “leaked” internal City emails and other documents published by the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Uefa’s statement on Thursday said: “The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has today decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation.

“The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on 7 March 2019 for potential breaches of financial fair play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets.

“Uefa will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber.”

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"How dare you accuse us of doing anything wrong! You're the ones doing things wrong. Also you smell!"

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Has Hughes been employed by the Man City club office?

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Man City should really look into getting a new PR team...

First the whole "nah it's not about Sean Cox it's about other fans getting attacked and it's been sang all season so its fine, completely justified "

To now this. Such an arrogant set of arseholes

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Another year, another disappointment of not getting a ticket in the ballot :(

Town it is for the final then.

Edit: so I'm 1900 odd on a waiting list of well over 20,000. There are already tickets being touted from people successful in the ballot for several thousand pounds. Absolute scumbags 

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8 hours ago, DavidMarrio said:

Another year, another disappointment of not getting a ticket in the ballot :(

Town it is for the final then.

Edit: so I'm 1900 odd on a waiting list of well over 20,000. There are already tickets being touted from people successful in the ballot for several thousand pounds. Absolute scumbags 

To be fair, Concert Square will be rocking. It was booming after the semis.

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8 hours ago, Troy said:

To be fair, Concert Square will be rocking. It was booming after the semis.

I went Pogues for the final as I had a ticket for there and doing that again but we went concert square for a bit before hand. Could hear the singing from the bombed out church 

Just hope the weather is decent like last year 

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There's a special programme on Channel 4 at 10pm tonight - Klopp vs. Poch: Battle of the Supermanagers. Compares their methods, etc.

 

Looks quite interesting.

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22 minutes ago, Lineker said:

There's a special programme on Channel 4 at 10pm tonight - Klopp vs. Poch: Battle of the Supermanagers. Compares their methods, etc.

 

Looks quite interesting.

Should have a best of 7 competition, in different sports like boxing, darts and dressage.

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Just now, 9 to 5 said:

Should have a best of 7 competition, in different sports like boxing, darts and dressage.

It's a Knockout with Cheggers

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Just now, Baddar said:

I see you've gone all out this year, @DavidMarrio.

And his neighbour @Troy has too.

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22 minutes ago, Baddar said:

I see you've gone all out this year, @DavidMarrio.

I've had some spare time since the seasons ended.

21 minutes ago, MDK said:

And his neighbour @Troy has too.

Don't be daft...they don't have houses in the Wirral, it's like Megaton  :shifty:

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4 hours ago, DavidMarrio said:

I've had some spare time since the seasons ended.

Don't be daft...they don't have houses in the Wirral, it's like Megaton  :shifty:

Listen, four sticks propping up a coat counts as a house. :( 

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Think it's time for this thread to be closed isn't it? 

Season's over.

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Going to try and sleep before our early flight to Madrid in the morning. Win or lose, the next 24 hours or so are going to be a simply incredible experience. Proud of this team whatever happens!!

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1 hour ago, Lineker said:

Going to try and sleep before our early flight to Madrid in the morning. Win or lose, the next 24 hours or so are going to be a simply incredible experience. Proud of this team whatever happens!!

That's loser talk if I've ever heard it...😋

Have a cracking time though, an opportunity of a lifetime to see your team play in the Champions League final!

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I'm looking forward to the opportunity of a lifetime to see my team play in the FA Trophy Final.

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8 hours ago, Bobfoc said:

I'm looking forward to the opportunity of a lifetime to see my team play in the FA Trophy Final.

Truly the most prestigious tin cup

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Is it 8pm yet?

9 hours ago, Lineker said:

Going to try and sleep before our early flight to Madrid in the morning. Win or lose, the next 24 hours or so are going to be a simply incredible experience. Proud of this team whatever happens!!

I hope you enjoy it no matter what. I want you to have a boss time cause I wish I could be there and experience it but least I'll have my own experience of watching it in my home town with everyone else. 

If we were to lose to an English team....least it's not gonna be the Mancs, the blueshite or Chelsea....

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I hope Liverpool lose tonight. But any bets I do will revolve around them winning.

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43 minutes ago, Baddar said:

I hope Liverpool lose tonight. But any bets I do will revolve around them winning.

Yeah, I think my preference is a Spurs win, but fancy Liverpool really.

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