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An investigation that lasted for five years led yesterday (Monday) to the decision to accuse Manchester City, the Premier League champion and the most dominant team in the kingdom in recent years, of violating the league's rules in more than 100 different sections between the years 2009/10 and 2017/18.
In England, they claim that the conviction will lead to heavy punishments that could start with a reduction of points and end with the taking of its titles and removal from the league, but the Citizens at this stage are broadcasting business as usual, or at least trying to.
According to the reporters who cover the club, Manchester City are confident of their innocence and it is no coincidence that the official statement from the club reads as follows: "We are surprised by the accusations of violating the Premier League rules, especially in light of the fact that a huge amount of detailed material on the subject has been transferred. The club welcomes the fact that an examination of the matter will be carried out by an external committee that will reconsider it without bias and we expect that the matter will be stopped and settled once and for all in light of the many evidences that have been provided, which cannot be refuted and which support the club's position."
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Pep Guardiola (Photo: Reuters)
However, Manchester City feels that the journalists were informed of the many accusations even before the club was informed of it and raised many questions and doubts regarding the timing of the publication, also in light of the fact that on Wednesday the "White Paper" was supposed to be published - an official report written by the administration, which deals with Regarding
the problems concerning English football and finding solutions, the publication of which has been postponed and it is not yet known when.
The "Mirror" quoted a senior Manchester City official who said: "The Premier League has been investigating for over four years and still published a statement with substantial errors.
We have no doubt that they were just trying to divert attention from the decision to postpone the publication of the 'White Paper'". It was also published in "City Extra" that senior officials at the club held several meetings throughout the day and that everyone is convinced that the investigation will end with "a positive result for Manchester City".
"Sky" commentator Kaba Solakol wrote on the subject: "Manchester City is in a serious problem mainly because in the Premier League time has no meaning, a club cannot claim in its defense that the alleged offenses occurred too many years ago to deal with them. If City is found guilty, the punishment will be extreme - Deductions could apply this season if the club is convicted even before the end of 2022/23, but I don't think it will happen so quickly. This is an investigation that has been going on for five years, so I don't expect quick decisions. This is something that will continue for a long time."
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Conviction this season and the championship will definitely not be on the agenda (Photo: Reuters)
Now in the kingdom they look forward to Pep Guardiola's next press conference, which will probably only be held on Friday ahead of the match against Aston Villa on Sunday, to hear his opinion on the matter.
Last May, when the manager appointed in 2016 was asked about this, he claimed: "I asked about it before, they explained everything to me and I believe them. I told them, 'If you are lying to me, the next day I will no longer be here. I will not stay and will not be a member Yours more'".
Therefore, even if far-reaching decisions are not expected in the near future, England expects to hear Guardiola's opinion on the matter and is certainly discussing the possibility of him leaving at the end of the season, despite the contract being extended only three months ago.
In addition, it is estimated in the kingdom that the manager will definitely address the accusations in his upcoming press conference, even though it is supposed to deal with the team's next game, because past cases have proven that Manchester City usually does not respond to events with the exception of official messages to the buyers, but they do give Guardiola the stage to speak on behalf of The club, as it was in February 2020, in the days when it was decided to remove the club for two years from UEFA establishments, a decision that, as we know, was ultimately revoked.
The one who still expects a severe punishment against the Citizens is the Brazilian Lucas Leiva, formerly a Liverpool midfielder.
If Manchester City is convicted and it is decided to take away the titles they won in those seasons, it means that Liverpool will be crowned champions in 2014.
Therefore, the midfielder tweeted: "Am I a Premier League champion?".
Javier Tabas, the president of the Spanish league, which for several years has been fighting Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City on the grounds of a blatant violation of the fair play rules by them, addressed the issue briefly when he tweeted: "It's amazing that it took the Premier League so many years to understand this. We argued This is already in 2017 and there are so many more cases, shall we now wait a few more years?"