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Manchester City Initiates Legal Action Against Premier League's Financial Regulations

The arbitration hearing to resolve Manchester City-Premier League dispute begins next Monday

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Published on June 7, 2024, 12:55:46

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Manchester City has initiated legal proceedings against the Premier League regarding recent regulations concerning "associated party transactions" (APTs), which were first introduced in December 2021 and later revised in January 2024. The dispute will be heard by an arbitration tribunal on June 10, with a decision expected within two weeks thereafter.

As per reports from The Times, Manchester City, owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group, has submitted a 165-page document outlining its argument against the regulations. The club asserts that these rules infringe upon competition laws in the United Kingdom. Additionally, they are seeking compensation, claiming that they have been compelled to adhere to these regulations for an extended period.

This move could potentially disrupt the established structure of European football, as many clubs operate as nonprofit member associations or are controlled by investors who expect returns on their investments. By removing cost controls, it could make the business less appealing to investors, especially when there is a trend towards implementing regulations to promote financial sustainability across leagues and organisations like UEFA.

Furthermore, if these regulations are overturned, it could weaken the Premier League's case against Manchester City regarding alleged breaches of financial rules, particularly those concerning sponsorships. This legal challenge from the league's most successful member would undoubtedly be a significant development within the sports industry, given its unprecedented nature.

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