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Premier League reveals why Manchester City’s 115 charges is taking longer to resolve than Everton case



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Complexities surrounding Manchester City’s case involving the Premier League and their 115 charges are directly leading to a lengthy process, it has been clarified.

It is now around one year to the day since the Premier League announced the charges handed to Manchester City, who were accused of more than 100 breaches of the division’s financial rules following a four-year investigation.

The Premier League referred City to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018, while also accusing the reigning Champions of not co-operating since the investigation started in December 2018.

In a swift response to the charges and allegations from the Premier League, Manchester City said at the time that not only were they “surprised” by the announcement but that they are also supported by a “body of irrefutable evidence”.

Some supporters however have been left bemused as to why resolutions are being made with regards to other clubs’ charges in the Premier League, while the situation involving Manchester City is likely to drag on until 2025 at the earliest.

As per a new report from The Times, the Premier League have now explained that the ‘complexities’ surrounding Manchester City’s alleged breach of Profitability and Sustainability Rules meant their case could not be heard before Everton’s.

A letter seen by The Times on the cases read, when discussing Manchester City’s 115 charges, “Everton’s case represented a single breach of the PSRs, which was ultimately admitted by the club, leaving the commission with the sole task of deciding on sanction.

“Given these points, and given the importance of resolving rule breaches as soon as practically possible to provide certainty for fans, stakeholders and other clubs, it would not have been appropriate to await the conclusion of other cases before resolving Everton’s admitted breach.”

Reports in some quarters have suggested that an initial date for the hearing involving the Premier League and Manchester City in front of an independent commission has been pencilled in for Autumn 2024.

As such, some believe that a resolution and outcome involving the Etihad Stadium club could arrive at the end of the 2024/25 campaign at the very earliest, which also coincides with the current expiry date of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City contract.