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Man City chairman opens up on 115 charges amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham wait

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has expressed frustration over the club's recent success being overshadowed by the impending Premier League charges. Accusations of 115 financial breaches continue to overshadow City to this day.

The hearing scheduled for later this year arrives 18 months post-public disclosure of the charges, leaving ambiguity around the team's achievements and future prospects. Despite the controversy, the league champions demonstrated their quality on the pitch yet again as they not only celebrated a historic treble in 2023 but also became record-breakers, being the first English team to clinch four consecutive titles.

In sharing the unease with fans and staff alike regarding the protracted resolution, Al Mubarak conveyed his disappointment over the drawn-out situation that continually leaves an asterisk next to the club's accomplishments. "Of course, it's frustrating," he said.

"I think the referencing is always frustrating. Having it being talked about the way it's being talked about. I can feel for our fanbase, and everyone associated with the club, to have these charges constantly referenced."

He continued: "I think we as a club have to respect that there is a process that we have to go through, and we're going through it. It's taking longer than what anyone hoped for, but it is what it is, and I've always repeated, let's be judged by the facts, and not by claims and counterclaims."

City face a dramatic wait now with a prominent hearing over their charges in the pipeline. The club strongly denies any wrongdoing.

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Also on their plate is a dispute concerning the Premier League's most recent version of the Associated Party Transaction (APT) rules, which they argue to be unlawful and anti-competitive.

The opening gavel for this hearing is set to bang next week and it is anticipated to span two weeks. City's challenge against the APT rules is hardly likely to establish rapport with the Premier League or the other clubs who were eager to apply the APT rules post the Saudi-led acquisition of Newcastle United.