The Premier League quietly changed six of the financial charges aimed at Manchester City after they were included in their initial statement by error.
More than 100 charges were levelled against the reigning champions in an explosive statement on Monday, with the club accused of breaching the league’s financial rules from the 2009-10 season.
As reported by Mirror Sport on Monday, City’s legal team “noticed that a significant number of the charges and the regulations they breached were incorrectly notified on the original announcement and were later altered by the Premier League.”
These included rules E.3, E.4, E.11 and E.12, but they relate to irrelevant issues such as non-televised matches being played on a Saturday at 3pm, matches that take place on New Year’s Day and clubs entering the FA Cup.
The Premier League changed guidelines around these rules in following seasons, moving them into different sections of their law book, but they failed to show this on their statement charging City.
The same error then occurred later in the statement when referring to the 2021-22 season and breaches of rules W.15 and W.16, which were swiftly corrected to W.12 and W.13.
The issued a statement on Monday declaring: “Manchester City FC 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.