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Man City Docked Points: Impact on PL Table

Man City Docked Points: Impact on PL Table

Manchester City is awaiting punishment after being charged with financial violations, with a major points deduction a possibility.

Manchester City would be chasing the top four if they were hit with the same points deduction as Juventus, who were reprimanded earlier this season after their transfer dealings were investigated.

The Premier League champions are currently struggling to catch Arsenal on the pitch, but they are also having issues off the field after being charged with more than 100 breaches of financial rules following a four-year investigation, and they are awaiting further punishment.

One of these could be a significant points deduction, which would end their chances of a third consecutive league title and alter the landscape of the current season.

Pep Guardiola’s team currently sits second with 45 points, five points behind Arsenal despite having played one more game.

If the Premier League followed the Italian example and docked Juventus 15 points, City would drop to eighth place.

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They’d still be ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool, both of whom are struggling this season, with Manchester United becoming Arsenal’s closest rivals.

Newcastle’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League improve as they move up to third, while Tottenham enters the top four. Brighton, who are closing in on Tottenham, would move into fifth place but could leapfrog the north Londoners if they won their two games in hand.

Brentford and Fulham would rise one place to seventh and eighth, respectively.

If Guardiola’s team drops 15 points, they will be nine points out of a top-four spot with less than half of the season remaining.

“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,” City said in a statement.

“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.

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As a result, we look forward to putting this matter to rest once and for all.”

The Premier League stated that City breached rules requiring them to provide “accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position”.

The data in question is related to club revenue, which includes sponsorship income and operating expenses.

Other alleged violations concern rules requiring full details of manager remuneration (from 2009-10 to 2012-13, when Roberto Mancini was in charge) and player remuneration (from 2010-11 to 2015-16).

The city is also accused of violating UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations from 2013-14 to 2017-18, as well as Premier League profitability and sustainability rules from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

Premier League table with Man City docked points

1 Arsenal – 50 points
2 Man Utd – 42 points
Newcastle – 40 points
4 Tottenham – 39 points
5 Brighton – 34 points
6 Brentford – 33 points
7 Fulham – 32 points
8 Man City – 30 points
9 Chelsea – 30 points
10 Liverpool – 29 points