Bates – Citys success will be tarnished if they broke FFP

first_imgFormer Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association Steve Bates says the success that Manchester City have enjoyed in recent years will be ‘tarnished’ if they were found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules.German newspaper Der Spiegel broke the news and reported that Manchester City have circumvented Financial Fair Play rules, and the Premier League responded and promised to act if they receive substantial evidence.Manchester City, however, denied the allegations and pushed back saying it was “organized and clear” attempt to damage their reputation.“Pep Guardiola came out in the week and said whatever financial accusations being made shouldn’t detract from what was being achieved on the pitch, but I believe the two are intrinsically linked,” Bates told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If FFP had been rigidly applied, and City had flouted the rules with creative accounting, would they have been in a position to spend the kind of money that they have? I’m not totally sure they would have done.“The problem is that UEFA have been weak. They’ve put FFP in place to protect a ‘cartel’ at the top of European football, who didn’t want to see new money coming into the game, but the whole concept is now seen as a bit of a sham.“I’ve not heard UEFA make any statements or comments this week. They don’t want the big clubs like Manchester City and PSG filing lawsuits against them.“It’s a shame that it’s come to that as City’s achievements will be slightly tarnished by this. It’s inevitable, but whether football fans really care that much, I’m not so sure.”last_img

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