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Premier League boss Richard Masters provides update on “progressing” Manchester City case and 115 charges

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Manchester City’s case involving the Premier League and their 115 charges is “progressing”, according to CEO Richard Masters.

The latest comments from Masters come as the one-year anniversary approaches of Manchester City being charged with more than 100 breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules following a four-year investigation.

It was confirmed in February 2023 that Manchester City had been referred by the Premier League to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018, whilst also seeing City accused of not co-operating since the investigation started.

From the side of the three-time consecutive Premier League champions, an Etihad Stadium briefing at the time stated that they were “surprised” by the charges, and that they are supported by a “body of irrefutable evidence”.

Now, speaking at a government select committee on Tuesday, the Premier League’s CEO Richard Masters was quizzed on Manchester City’s case, and precisely regarding growing frustration from some fans over the length of time being taken to resolve the issue.

“I can (understand fan frustration) but they are very different charges,” Masters said in reference to the recent revelations and charges placed on Everton and Nottingham Forest across the last few days and weeks.

“If any club, the current (Premier League) champions or otherwise, had been found in breach of the spending rules for 2023 they would be in exactly the same position as Everton or Nottingham Forest,” Masters continued.

“But the volume and character of the charges laid before Man City – which I obviously cannot talk about at all – are being heard in a completely different environment.

“There is a date set for that proceeding; I can’t tell you when that is but it is progressing.”

A report from MailSport’s Mike Keegan in November 2023 had claimed 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.

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