Manchester City’s investigation by the Premier League ‘focuses on underage players being pressured to sign contracts, cash coming from Sheikh Mansour rather than sponsors – and a fake contract for Roberto Mancini’, new Der Spiegel report claims
- Der Spiegel claim to know details of Premier League investigation into Man City
- German publication were at the centre of allegations that led to City’s two-year UEFA ban in 2020, which was overturned on appeal
- It is claimed Premier League are investigating whether the club pressurised young players into signing contracts through monetary payments
- It is also alleged that sponsorship money comes straight from Sheikh Mansour
- Roberto Mancini allegedly compensated through fictitious consultancy contract
German newspaper Der Spiegel claim to know the details of the Premier League’s three-year long investigation into Manchester City.
City were initially banned from European competitions for two years by UEFA in 2020 and fined £25million after a Der Spiegel report alleged that they were in breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, but the club successfully appealed to have the decision overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
A Premier League investigation into the financial dealings of the club, who are owned by Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Mansour, has continued ‘largely out of the public eye’, according to Der Spiegel, and reportedly focuses on three primary allegations.
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour chats to manager Pep Guardiola (left)
The first of those is reportedly that ‘underage players were allegedly pressured to sign contracts with Manchester City through monetary payments, in violation of the rules’.
Secondly, ‘club sponsors in Abu Dhabi are suspected of having provided only a portion of their payments to the club themselves, with the majority apparently coming from Sheikh Mansour himself’.
And thirdly, ‘Roberto Mancini (City manager from 2009 to 2013)… is thought to have received a significant portion of his compensation secretly by way of a fictitious consultancy contract.’
Sportsmail have contacted Manchester City for comment.
Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008 and has overseen an unprecedented era of success in the blue half of Manchester, with City winning 13 major trophies including five Premier League titles.
Roberto Mancini celebrates winning the Premier League with Manchester City in 2012