Manchester City are ready to declare war on the Premier League after being charged with 115 breaches of financial rules on Monday.
In the biggest scandal in Premier League history, Man City have been accused of failing to provide ‘accurate financial information that gives a true and fair view of the club’s financial position’.
According to the Mail, City reacted quickly to the bombshell allegations, holding urgent staff meetings at the Etihad on Monday afternoon.
The Premier League judicial panel will now appoint a three-person independent commission formed of retired judges, barristers and football administrators to investigate City’s alleged breaches.
If the reigning champions were to be stripped of their six Premier League titles, the runner-ups in the respective seasons would have belated crownings.
Though most of the alleged rule breaches occurred between 2009 and 2018, further claims suggest City refused to cooperate with the Premier League’s investigation from 2018 to 2022.
City were somewhat blindsided by the onslaught from the Premier League, only learning of the charges when a courier delivered legal papers to the Etihad on Sunday morning.
And they won’t be able to appeal against any decision the commission makes to the Court of Arbitration of Sport, who overturned the club’s two-year Champions League ban from UEFA in 2020.