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Manchester City among coalition of eight clubs defeating proposed Premier League rule change



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A coalition of eight Premier League clubs including Manchester City have now been named as being behind the defeat of a proposed English top-flight rule change.

Members of the English top-flight moved in an attempt to block the transfer of players between clubs with the same owners, ultimately impacting a number of other teams from within the Premier League.

Manchester City themselves are part of the City Football Group, and as such work closely with the likes of New York City FC, Girona in La Liga, ESTAC Troyes of Ligue 1, and plenty more clubs across the globe.

Newcastle United fall into the same category, and through their ownership from Saudi Arabia, the north-east club would be blocked from trading players with teams in the ever-growing Saudi Pro League, particularly the likes of Ruben Neves – a player of interest to officials.

Now, in what some are viewing as a major boost towards several clubs in the Premier League, it has emerged that Manchester City were joined by seven other clubs in voting against the proposals surrounding player transfers.

According to a new report from The Telegraph, Manchester City were among coalition of eight clubs understood to also include Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Wolves and Burnley to have defeated a proposed ban on player loans between clubs with the same owners.

The same report reveals that the Premier League asked clubs to pass an amendment to ban loans into the league for this January transfer window alone while they attempt to draft new rules to deal with loans and multi-club ownership.

It is further revealed that as part of private conversations with the 20 clubs, the Premier League asked for extra time to get to grips with the issue of clubs loaning players in from partner clubs. While 12 voted in favour, it did not reach the required threshold of 14.

Premier League football returns to action this weekend, as Manchester City welcome Premier League title rivals Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola and his players look to preserve their place at the top of the division.