Man City could face more than 115 charges after huge Premier League bombshell amid Arsenal wait

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The shadow cast over Premier League football is still undeniable. Manchester City, who have clinched the title in five of the past six seasons, are now facing a staggering set of alleged breaches of Premier League financial regulations.

An independent commission is set to deliberate on the case later this year, and with City also embroiled in a dispute with the league over rules concerning transactions with associated parties (APTs), particularly regarding sponsorship deals, the situation has garnered the attention of several clubs. Everton and Liverpool are among those with a vested interest in the proceedings against City.

Arsenal and those competing against City at the top of the Premier League also have their eyes on what is to come. The Gunners have finished second behind Pep Guardiola's side and would stand to benefit from any possible punishment handed out if they are to be sanctioned.

Everton, for instance, have already been penalised twice for infringing PSR (profit and sustainability regulations), suffering an eight-point deduction last season alone. The Toffees will undoubtedly be keen to see the extent of the sanctions imposed on City should they be found culpable, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool, on the other hand, has been in fierce competition with City for the Premier League crown, narrowly missing out in 2014, 2019, and 2022. FSG, Liverpool's owners, have consistently advocated for strict adherence to financial regulations in English football.

However, there's a twist in the tale as the number of charges might actually surpass the reported 115. Stefan Borson, a financial expert and former advisor to Manchester City, suggested on the BBC's We're Not Really Here - A Manchester City Podcast that the correct figure could be as high as 130, attributing the discrepancy to "incorrect" briefings from the Premier League.

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"115 is actually, straightaway, is 130," Borson claims. "But because of an early error from the Premier League and early media briefings it became 115. It's the most serious allegations."

Last year he posted on Twitter/X, along with a graphic outlining the charges: "Pedantic point (not for everyone): "The fact that '115 CHARGES' is trumpeted means it likely came from the PL's [Premier League's] media briefing. Because it isn't 115 on any normal counting... it is 129 or 130 (technical 2009/10 point)."