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، as the Guardian said.
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 allegations to the adjudicatory chamber، which will issue a ruling and determine any punishment. Uefa's 'parking ticket' fines will not rein in football's maverick clubs City accused the process at Uefa of having been “curtailed” and “hostile”، with Leterme having taken the decision to refer the case two months after the investigation was opened. City argue the investigatory chamber is mistaken and confused، and has not fully considered the club’s response to allegations they misstated multimillion-pound sponsorships in their financial fair play submissions more than five years ago. The club، who have vehemently denied wrongdoing، also expressed anger in their statement about alleged leaks from the process، referring to a report in the New York Times on Monday that the IC was set to recommend City be referred to the adjudicatory chamber and should be banned from the Champions League if found guilty. The club’s statement clearly indicated they envisage appealing against any adverse decision to the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne، where lawyers drawn from around Europe determine disputes with governing bodies.