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Man City lose appeal over bid to keep FFP probe secret as Liverpool watch on

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Premier League champions Manchester City have lost an appeal that would have prevented details of their Financial Fair Play investigation over alleged breaches being made public.

It is two and a half years since City, who this year reclaimed the title lost to Liverpool in 2020, became the focus of separate investigations by the Premier League and UEFA, with the latter handing down a two-year ban from European competition to the City Football Group-owned club, although that decision was quashed on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the club also seeing a €30m fine reduced to €10m due to their lack of co-operation in relation to the investigation.

But the Premier League proceeded with their own investigations into alleged breaches of FFP, relating to claims made in German newspaper Der Spiegel back in 2018 that City had subverted FFP rules by inflating the revenues received from sponsorship, something which the club denied.

City’s appeal to the commercial court was lost in March 2021, which meant City would have to face the league’s own arbitration tribunal after all.

And for Reds owners Fenway Sports Group, given their own more business minded strategy around football club ownership, that would be a welcome change.

But Liverpool and the rest of City's title rivals will be looking to see what arises from a longer investigation into City's alleged FFP breaches by the Premier League, and whether any kind of competitive or financial sanctions would be handed down in the event that they are found guilty.

UEFA, in the wake of the failed European Super League plot that both Liverpool and City were a significant part of, are keen to revamp their FFP rules that have long been seen as toothless following failed investigations into alleged breaches, including at Paris Saint-Germain.
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