Liverpool will have 'problem' if Man City succeed in attempt to 'poison' Premier League

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City
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Liverpool have been told they will have a "problem" if Manchester City win their legal battle against the Premier League.

Former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness has claimed the top flight is in danger of being "poisoned" by City as they endeavour to rip up financial rules they believe are ruining the competitiveness of a league they have won six times in the last seven years.

The Etihad outfit have opened legal proceedings against the Premier League having claimed they are the victims of "discrimination against Gulf ownership" by other top-flight clubs and are intent on ending the Associated Party Transaction rules which they claim are unlawful. City are also seeking damages from the league.

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Should they be successful in the hearing - which starts on Monday and is expected to last two weeks - City would be able to command much larger commercial and sponsorship deals with companies linked to their owners. Newcastle and Chelsea, who are in a similar position regards ownership, are reportedly ready to support City's case.

And Wyness, who was at Everton for almost six years, believes it would be clubs who have been compliant to Financial Fair Play rules such as Liverpool that would suffer as a consequence.

Speaking to Football Insider‘s Insider Track podcast, Wyness said: “This argument is about trying to protect PSR (Profitability and Sustainability Rules), with City trying to blow it up. If they were to be successful, it would polarise things into the haves and the have-nots.

“Certainly Saudi Arabia have got extremely deep pockets, the United Arab Emirates – it would give a problem to clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal in particular.

“It’s the wrong way to be going. We should be trying to maintain as much jeopardy and sporting integrity as possible. It’s a simple thing to ask for, but it’s being poisoned by the unbridled greed we’re seeing from City.

“The Premier League has got to show that it can’t be bought. It’s a real big issue, and it’ll probably be up to the governmental level at some stage. This league is a great asset and it’s now potentially up for sale. If that’s the case, we may as well give up with football.”

While City's legal case is separate to November's hearing into their 115 alleged breaches of Premier League financial rules, it could have a significant bearing on the outcome.