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Man City to be investigated over possible FFP breaches

Man City to be investigated over possible FFP breaches

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Alleged Financial Fair Play violations by the Premier League club will be investigated by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body.

An investigation into Manchester City for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations has been launched by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the governing body has announced.

The move follows allegations made against the club and their owners by German publication Der Spiegel, which drew upon documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.

The articles include claims of City circumventing FFP laws, making an illegal payment to the agent of their former youth player Jadon Sancho and the City Football Group engaging in third-party ownership practices.

City have offered an unwavering response to the allegations, issuing the following statement on several occasions.

"We will not be providing any comment on out-of-context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people," the statement read.

"The attempt to damage the club's reputation is organised and clear."

City were fined £49million for breaching FFP regulations in 2014, while UEFA in November warned that any investigation could be re-opened should new information come to light in the wake of a separate Der Spiegel article that alleged the governing body was unaware of some of the details.

CFCB chairman and chief investigator Yves Leterme in January said the club face "the heaviest punishment" if the German publication's allegation that they deceived UEFA over sponsorship income is proven.