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Date for Man City 115 charges hearing outlined as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham wait

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Manchester City’s hearing against the Premier League regarding the 115 charges of alleged financial breaches will reportedly start in the winter, with a more precise time frame now being outlined.

The champions, who lifted the title for a fourth consecutive season last month, are facing allegations of illicit revenue sourcing and uncooperation that, if proven, break Profit & Sustainability Rules in the period between 2009 and 2018. Man City deny all charges and have vowed to clear their name.

The specific date for the start of the independent panel hearing has not been disclosed, with Premier League chief Richard Masters refusing to detail a precise time when asked to do so by a government committee earlier this year. However, it is due to start before the end of 2024.

There had been suggestions that the case would commence in the final quarter of the calendar year, and The Times reiterates this forecast. It claims that the hearing will begin in November and is expected to last six weeks.

Given it is an unprecedented case, the punishments Man City could face if found guilty are not known but it is thought that nothing is off the table, meaning large fines and even relegation could be sanctioned. It is unclear whether titles could also be stripped.

It is also uncertain whether clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham would be able to claim compensation for loss of earnings as a result of alleged cheating. Either party involved in the hearing process would have the right to appeal the outcome.

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The Premier League first levelled the 115 charges in February 2023, prompting a strong rebuttal statement from Man City. The Blues said they hold evidence that proves their innocence.

The Man City statement said: “Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.

“The club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position. As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.”