Manchester City begins legal action against the Premier League: source

Manchester City has taken legal action against the Premier League, a source confirmed to ESPN.

City are challenging the Premier League’s associated party transactions (APT) rules, claiming they are illegal. A private arbitration hearing is scheduled to begin next week.

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City have accused the Premier League of “discrimination against Gulf ownership” and are also suing for damages, according to a report first published by The Times. The city has been owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group since 2008.

ESPN has approached City and the Premier League for comment.

The Premier League’s ATP rules, originally introduced in 2021 following the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United, were tightened in February in a bid to further regulate clubs signing sponsorship deals with companies linked to their owners.

All 20 Premier League clubs were informed at a meeting in February that one club had threatened legal action in response to the rules.

Man City, which has deals with Etihad Airways, argues that sponsors should be free to decide how much they want to pay rather than having a figure independently verified as offering fair market value. City, who have won the last four Premier League titles, believe the Premier League rules contravene competition law.

City have launched legal action as they prepare to defend themselves against accusations they breached the Premier League’s financial rules. The club received 115 charges in February 2023 following a four-year investigation.

The hearing will begin in November and if found guilty, City could face punishments including a fine, points deduction or expulsion from the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s team has been crowned Premier League champions in six of the last seven seasons.

City have maintained their innocence since the charges were made public, and the club said they will be backed by “a body of irrefutable evidence.”

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