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Sources: Manchester City deny legal contact with YouTube channel presenter



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Manchester City have denied that there has been legal contact between themselves and renowned football presenter Mark Goldbridge, a club source has confirmed to City Xtra.

Speculation has been growing in recent days surrounding The United Stand and That’s Football presenter over the possibility of Manchester City sending the 45-year-old a ‘cease and desist’ letter over his public comments on the club’s Premier League charges.

Speaking on The United Stand YouTube channel on Sunday evening, Brent Di Cesare – known by his online pseudonym ‘Mark Goldbridge’ – claimed that he would be revealing the nature of Manchester City correspondence on Tuesday.

“I’ll be talking on my podcast about the cease and desist letter and I’ll have the letter for you on the podcast on Tuesday. So, for anybody that’s interested in that, Tuesday’s podcast,” Di Cesare claimed.

“Normally it would be tomorrow (Monday) but it’s a bank holiday, so I’ll have the letter. I’m not scared, and at the end of the day, if it’s the end of That’s Football, it’s the end of That’s Football. I will read the letter out, and I will tell you what it’s all about.”

However, as confirmed to City Xtra by a club source on Monday afternoon, it is understood that there has been no legal contact between the Premier League champions and presenter Mark Goldbridge.

Manchester City’s last public comment on their Premier League charges came in February 2023, in direct response to the top-flight’s public release of the information, as they stated, “Manchester City is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.

“The club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position. As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.”

Speaking on the matter during a recent public media address, Premier League CEO Richard Masters explained, “We can’t comment on the case, the date is set. The case will resolve itself at some point in the near future.”

A report from MailSport’s Mike Keegan in late November 2023 suggested that the Premier League and Manchester City had agreed a date at which they will ‘face off in front of an independent panel’, initially scheduled for the late autumn of 2024.