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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They could do what Qatar does
    Not a bad idea.


    They could make up for it by playing in the next Copa America.

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    Seems Liverpool could have a record breaking season this year, If the FA deduct points from the shitsters.

    CCC, you're lucky you ain't going back to the Championship league, you and the squirrel could square up then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    the Championship league


    So, yet another topic on which you have the knowledge of a fuckin' microbe, then

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post


    So, yet another topic on which you have the knowledge of a fuckin' microbe, then
    err.

    You do know your team are in the championship?

    oh diddums did I not write EFL

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    Did i miss Chitty's diner thread? did it have a pizza in?

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    Well could Citeh be the Saracens of the footy league, 100 point deduction?

    Manchester City could face Premier League sanctions over FFP breaches

    Manchester City could face sanctions in the Premier League, potentially being docked points, for the same alleged financial fair play breaches that resulted in Uefa imposing a two-year ban from the Champions League and €30m fine.


    The Premier League has been progressing with its own investigation into the club’s alleged falsification of its sponsorship revenues. That is understood to have involved some hearings at which City have been represented by lawyers. Neither the league nor the club has been prepared to comment on the investigation, but the new Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, confirmed recently that it is continuing.



    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/15/manchester-city-premier-league-sanctions-ffp-breaches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Seems Liverpool could have a record breaking season this year, If the FA deduct points from the shitsters.
    Won't they anyway if they keep going like this? Admittedly, Liverpool are playing very attractive - and effective football



    Anyway, Chitty - tough crowd here . . .
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    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    ^ PH he loves it. Actually if you look back Sir Chit of the Potteries posts he has spent two years rubbing everyone's noses in Citehs success - he'll come out of his wigwam later to serve us a dish or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    You're a cvnt!
    FUCK off!
    At the end of the day, you've turned up to a classy restaurant in your shell suit and Reebok Classics with your brash mates from West London and Paris. However, the guests, who have been dining in this establishment for far longer than you can remember, don't want want your type lowering the tone no matter how much cash you flash.

    Now go away. You're not welcome.

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    Yeah and take Achmed with you too and the camel he rode in on.

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    Real Madrid will reportedly attempt to take advantage of Manchester City's European ban by trying to lure their star winger Raheem Sterling to the Bernabeu with an 180m bid.

    UEFA announced on Friday that City have received a two-year ban from all European competitions due to "serious breaches" of their financial fair play rules, although the club will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    If it is unsuccessful, however, there is a good chance that many of their best players will seek moves away from the club.

    And according to The Sun Madrid are eyeing up Sterling, and are prepared to make him one of the most expensive players in football history.
    Sterling has become one of the best forward players in Europe under Pep Guardiola at City, and he has had another fruitful campaign so far, scoring 11 goals in 23 games in the Premier League.

    Given his talent Sterling is unlikely to be willing to stay at a club who cannot offer him Champions League football, and he is also said to be intrigued about the prospect of playing abroad one day.

    Madrid will have the opportunity to take a closer look at their potential target when they take on City in the Champions League last-16, with the first leg at the Bernabeu on February 26 followed by the return match at the Etihad on March 17.

    The loss of Sterling would come as a huge blow to City, while they are also worried about losing the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, not to mention their manager Pep Guardiola, who has been linked with a switch to Juventus at the end of the season.

    If Guardiola does leave, former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are already being named as potential replacements.


    Real Madrid 'line up PS180m bid' for Raheem Sterling following Man City's European ban - Mirror Online

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    Just picturing Sterling saying ‘Ah yes...I’m intrigued.’


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    A City fan’s take
    I’m assuming the majority of my fellow City fans are going to be upset about the Champions League ban.

    Part of this will be the natural tendency to defend our club, and part the disappointment at not being able to compete in the world’s most prestigious club competition. Part of it is also justified, in the sense that the Financial Fair Play rules are clearly skewed towards punishing clubs with certain business models, while letting scurrilous owners like the Glazers to carry on taking money out of the game while imperilling their club with huge debts.

    But overall, City fans should accept this decision. We should welcome it.

    Things have been good for the past few years. We’ve seen some of the world’s best players at City, some of whom have become club legends (Aguero, Kompany, Silva). The football under Pep has been breathtaking. We’ve won the league with a record points total, and a domestic treble. In a very competitive league, we’ve been the most successful club in English football for the past decade. We have vanquished the pain of my childhood by becoming so good while United have been so bad.

    Enough now.

    People running undemocratic countries where human rights abuses are endemic should not be allowed to whitewash their international reputations by buying an English football club. Yet we allowed this. We cheered along and closed our eyes to the uncomfortable truths.

    And it’s not just the victims of the Abu Dhabi regime we should have been concerned about. The money poured into the club by our owners has distorted the game. We have been a major contributor to the inflation of transfer fees and wages, with massive clubs prospering while smaller clubs (including in our own city) go bust and fans are priced out of watching the sport.

    It’s bad for the club, too. What we have under the current ownership regime can’t last. There is every possibility of Abu Dhabi’s ruling class being overthrown in the foreseeable future. Even if they aren’t, they could get bored of City, or simply face the reality that we aren’t ever going to become a profitable global corporation. Our club is a sham, and it’s unsustainable. What heppens when it ends, when we’ve hired players we can’t afford to pay and built stadium and training facilities we can’t use?

    Whether or not our lawyers find technicalities to overturn or reduce this ban, this is the moment we should all finally realise this needs to stop. The FFP rules may be flawed (as is UEFA, their enforcer), but they were clearly designed to stop owners pouring money into clubs in a way that distorts the game and is unsustainable for the club. Which is exactly what our owners have been doing. Fans of other clubs may be hypocritical when they say this about us, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong.

    This is not a call for a return to the relative misery of the 1990s. Things were fun then – anyone who thinks QPR in 2012 was better than Gillingham in 1999 is an idiot. But that decade was a historical low ebb for us, and there’s no reason to think it always needs to be like that. We’d already turned things around in the 2000s while owned by a couple of local businessmen. City is a big club, and well placed to compete at the upper levels of the English game most of the time. Let’s have that, rather than the shame of what we’ve become.
    Richard MCFC



    As football fans we can rejoice at Man City finally being brought to account, but sadly it’s been too long in coming and the cheating has already been rewarded with success.

    May I remind everyone that according to the 2019 football rich list Man City is 5th globally, ahead of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea! Did they think we were all stupid? How has the club achieved this? Gate receipts? Unlikely, it’s a small proportion of overall revenue for clubs these days and they don’t call it the Emptihad for nothing. Shirt sales? Again unlikely since this is still a locally oriented club with no global fanbase (yet). On field success? Domestically yes, but the real money is in the Champions League, where success has been illusive.

    The authorities’ findings clearly reveal that, in fact, its coming from inflated commercial contracts with Abu Dhabi and illegal, undisclosed, off balance payments to circumvent established rules of the game.

    What’s most interesting to me is what happens next. If the FA/PL choose to act it seems obvious that a Saracens style relegation will follow. But are criminal charges also appropriate? Fraudulent representation to the regulator? Tax evasion if secret payments to staff and others didn’t attract the correct tax treatment? Are we stepping into money laundering territory?

    It’s a fascinating case. While sovereign states may be above the law in their own territories it’s heartening to know this is not the case elsewhere. It’s just sad for everyone that the damage has already been done, especially to the PL where trophies have been stolen over the last few years, and to Man City fans who will be forced to try to somehow rationalise all this.
    Mark, LFC, Hong Kong



    Intrigued to hear from City fans explaining how a provincial club which can’t fill their stadium posts income revenue far outstripping decades long established elite clubs.

    Advertisers obviously want to associate themselves with brands (sorry) which reach huge audiences. How then can City justify their record breaking advertising income when the reach will be so limited?
    James Outram, Wirral



    Man City fans can hide shame no longer, and other mails... - Football365

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    Football365 and The Sun. Liverpool fans in HK, and hal claiming United fans are like fine diners

    Anything will do in these circumstances, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    hal claiming United fans are like fine diners
    How many prawn sandwiches have you seen at the Hawthorns?

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    We saute them in Bovril.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Just picturing Sterling saying ‘Ah yes...I’m intrigued.’
    No, his agent will write "Of course I'm flattered, but we'll have to wait and see what happens" while both of them have a quiet circle jerk in the bathroom.

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    Don't think I want City to be done of the 2014 PL.


    As Liverscum would get it.


    Though I suppose 'winning' it in such shit circumstances, and thus having already won it, would take a bit off the way they're gonna win it this season.

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    pretty sure it wont lou
    we won it at wemberlee
    we on it in gay paree...

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    An excerpt from a story about this which hal should enjoy...

    What seemed most striking about hacked emails published by Der Spiegel in November 2018 was the contempt with which various City executives spoke of Uefa: the joking comment allegedly made by City’s lawyer, Simon Cliff, when a member of Uefa’s investigatory chamber died, “one down, six to go”, and the claim the club chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, had told the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, that City would rather “sue for the next 10 years” than pay another fine". City have neither denied the veracity of the emails nor apologised for them, preferring to point out they were illegally obtained.
    Ramifications of City's two-year ban may be seismic – not least for Uefa | Football | The Guardian

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    Chitty still crying?

    Arsene Wenger has come out now and said they should be punished.

    Pep " I'll still be here if we get put in League 2'
    He's not called the bald fraud for no reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    The sheer arrogance of the fuckers.

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    Those money laundering Arabs are a fuckin cancer on the game...

    Lets not forget also...

    Emirates sponsored Arsenal for 15yrs @ 6m per year in 2011. Prior to FFP in 2012 Etihad (aka The State of Abu Dhabi) sponsored City to the tune of 40m per year (10 yrs). That is NOT market value and clearly done to balance Citys books prior to FFP. City were fined 50m and warned in 2014 for flagrant disregard. Arrogant City “we can do what we want” went and doubled the Etihad sponsorship in 2015 to 80m per year of which 8.7m per year is the market value across Europe.
    And

    5 May 2017From the sectionFootball

    Manchester City have been banned from signing academy players for two years and fined 300,000 after breaching Premier League transfer rules.

    Part of the ban - from 30 June 2018 - will only come into effect if the club reoffends in the next three years.

    City were found to have approached the family of two young players who were registered with other clubs.

    The ban applies to 10 to 18-year-olds registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the previous 18 months.

    It follows a similar sanction for Liverpool, who in April were punished over a separate illegal approach.

    Liverpool's punishment related to their approach to a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City in September last year.


    It was reported in April that the Premier League was examining three signings by Manchester City's academy, including an 11-year-old Everton midfielder and a 15-year-old from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    In each case, the academy player was conditionally registered with City while the Premier League's investigation was ongoing.

    As a result of the club's breaches, the players' registrations will be terminated, with no compensation rights retained by the club.

    Premier League rules ban inducements from clubs to encourage a move.

    City have declined to comment on the matter. It is understood they have promised to continue to pay the school fees of the children concerned throughout their education at comparable schools to the ones they would have gone to if they had stayed at the club.

    They have also agreed to pay the relevant compensation for the players, which means they are free agents and can join any other club without it going to tribunal.

    Analysis
    BBC Sport's Simon Stone

    Today's news is an embarrassment to Manchester City, who have prided themselves on doing the right thing throughout Sheikh Mansour's nine years as owner.

    The 300,000 fine will not be too much of an inconvenience. The two-year ban on signing players who have been signed to a Premier League or EFL academy is more so, even if the punishment will only be in force for one year, with the remainder suspended.

    However, even that is only a minor issue for a club that has reached the FA Youth Cup final for the past three seasons.

    What it does say is the recruiting methods City have employed have not always been beyond reproach.

    For a club who are intent on recruiting the best young players, in an area where there is intense competition from Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton, it is not the ideal negotiating tool.

    It is understood City will not be appealing against this decision, which is essentially a case of the old-fashioned "tapping up" variety. The club approached the players concerned before they were supposed to.

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    Dill Utd still don't have a sparrows fart in hells chance of finishing above Citeh in the next decade when the best their talent scouts can come up with in the striker department is an over the hill ex-watford cast off who may play this year if he survives quarantine.

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    ^ January stop gap. Be taking your captain in the Summer and your 8 ringgit

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