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Premier League clubs want Man City relegated over financial breaches

A number of Premier League teams want Manchester City kicked out of the division if they are found guilty of breaking financial rules.

After a four-year investigation, City have already been charged by the Premier League with 101 alleged breaches of financial rules from the year 2009 to 2018.

Man City said on Monday that they were ‘surprised’ by the charges & ‘looking forward’ to clearing their name.

An independent commission can suggest some punishments if Man City are eventually found guilty, ranging from a fine to even expulsion from the Premier League.

Sky Sports claim ‘many’ Premier League teams would favour the latter, with some of them pressing hardest for action members of the so-called ‘big six’ – which includes Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Another punishment is to strip Man City of the titles they won in the period but there is a feeling around the Premier League that this would be meaningless and cause confusion.

But a number of teams want the Premier League to go hard on Man City if they are found guilty and fear a fine would not have the needed effect.

City have been the dominant force in England over the past decade, lifting six Premier League titles since 2012 and four in the last five campaigns.

In 2020, when City were suspended from European football by UEFA for ‘serious breaches’ of financial fair play regulations, but the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

At the time, Pep Guardiola – who is still at the Etihad– threated to leave if the club were found guilty.

‘Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them,’ he said back in May 2022.

‘When they are accused of something I ask them: “Tell me about that.” They explain and I believe them.

‘I said to them: “If you lie to me, the day after I am not here. I will be out and I will not be your friend any more. I put my faith in you because I believe you 100% from day one and I defend the club because of that”.

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