Analysis: Man City’s judgement day holds implications for all of European football

17 May 2019

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Photo: Getty Images What happens in the City case matters hugely for club football. The issues at stake by far transcend financial fair play, James Corbett writes.

UEFA determined to see FFP rules are adhered.

What happens in the City case matters hugely for club football. The issues at stake by far transcend financial fair play.

City risk losing European prize money up to £100 million.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

The final prompt for Manchester City’s investigation by UEFA – which was yesterday escalated for final judgement and possible sentencing by its adjudicatory disciplinary chamber – may well have been leaked documents published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in March that appear to show City officials colluding to artificially inflate key sponsorship deals.

But the reality is that the mood to take on the petro-billions of the Gulf and their influence in football has been brewing for years. 

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