Man City ready to go to war with Premier League over 115 financial charges and could go to SUPREME COURT to clear name | The Sun
MANCHESTER CITY will throw EVERYTHING they have to beat the Premier League and destroy the financial charges that threaten their top flight status.
City chiefs are determined to ensure victory in what has become a fight for survival with Prem bosses after they were charged with 115 breaches of League rules.
SunSport revealed that Prem rivals want City booted out of the top flight if the charges are proved.
But that means the Etihad outfit will fight the process all the way, which could even mean going to the High Court or even the SUPREME Court – the highest legal platform in England – if required.
And just as in their victory over Uefa after the Champions League ban three years ago, City will unleash an army of lawyers to defeat the Prem legal team and put the charges to bed for good.
City remain furious at the timing of Monday’s charge drop, which took place during a telephone conversation between the League club chief executive Ferran Soriano.
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Soriano will come face to face with many of his detractors – and the League board that sanctioned the charges – during the two-day series of Prem club meetings beginning in central London on Thursday.
And behind the scenes, City’s utter determination and focus on final victory is no softer than it was during the ultimately-successful spat with Uefa.
The drawn-out battle with Euro chiefs was sparked by the “Football Leaks” cache of documents and emails revealed by German magazine Der Spiegel.
While City angrily and consistently denounced the “illegal hacking and out of context publication” of the emails, they gave in insight into the club’s belligerent approach.
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In one email, relating to the first Uefa FFP probe of the club in 2014 – which resulted in a £49m fine – senior City lawyer Simon Cliff revealed chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak had threatened then-Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino of the club’s stance..
It read: “Khaldoon said he would rather spend £30m on the 50 best lawyers in the world to sue them for the next 10 years.”
City’s stance will be no different against the Prem charges and just as in the 2020 Uefa case the club have insisted it has already delivered a “comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence” to back the defence.
Meanwhile, the former agent of midfielder Yaya Toure, one of the players whose true salary package is alleged to have been hidden by the club as part of the charges laid on Monday, has denied the existence of any secret deal.
City are accused of not providing “full details of player remuneration in its contracts” between 2010 and 1216 but Dmitry Seluk insisted: “Everything was transparent.
“There was nothing on the back side.
“I am interested to see what happens as this was a surprise. Yaya paid everything – tax and everything. It was all transparent.”
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