How Man City 'deceived' Uefa over FFP regulations

How Man City 'deceived' Uefa over FFP regulations

Instead, the revelation is that City saw FFP, and its support from Europe's elite clubs, as something they needed to "fight".

"Always I've said we can not achieve what we achieve, like the big clubs in Europe, is because they have to spend".

It is claimed by Der Spiegel that despite imposing a fine, UEFA showed City "far too much lenience".

The magazine said the name "Longbow" was chosen, according to City's chief legal adviser, Simon Cliff, as it was "the weapon the English used to beat the French at Crecy and Agincourt" in the Hundred Years' War.

City representatives have said the Abu Dhabi-based companies are independent sponsors. According to Der Spiegel, the deal was a "closed payment loop", which allowed Manchester City to hide the expenditure.

Der Spiegel cited Man City documents in which officials wrote: "Without significant additional revenues".

And from Spain today comes more pressure on UEFA to investigate City's practices in relation to FFP, particularly the claim of artificially inflated sponsorship deals - or "financial doping" - which could be the most serious of the lot.

The external company paid City "almost 30m euros" (£26m) and were then reimbursed approximately £11m a year in secret by owner Sheikh Mansour's holding company, Abu Dhabi United Group.

City have yet to comment and continue to refer to a statement last week in which they said the leaks constituted an "organised and clear" attempt to "damage the club's reputation".

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"This is reflected in the airline's audited accounts".

It is not the first time that Manchester City have been called out by the Football Leaks reports.

"UEFA should now take action and apply the rules and any sanctions that exist and are necessary".

"But I am part of the club, I am supportive of absolutely the club and we want to do what we have to do in terms of the rules".

PSG likewise issued a statement on Friday saying it "has always acted in full compliance with the laws".

UEFA has yet to comment publicly but Javier Tebas, chief executive of La Liga, fears the European governing body's links with broadcaster beIN Sport, who have committed billions of pounds to televise Champions League matches and other competitions, present an obstacle to UEFA acting.

When asked about the accusations, the manager Pep Guardiola insisted that City had always tried to do things the right way.

Pep Guardiola claimed earlier on Tuesday that he knows nothing about it due to his focus being on his players and tactics as a manager, though eternal rival Mourinho admitted that he felt something might have been going on behind the scenes as City continue to spend big in the transfer market.