When Man City could hear verdict over 115 charges as ex-Liverpool ace makes pointed title dig

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Manchester City edged closer to the title by beating Tottenham -Credit:(Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Liverpool has been forced to take a watching brief in the Premier League title race after its stuttering end to the season. The Reds have won just two of their last seven matches, with Manchester City and Arsenal battling out for the main prize.

City is now in pole position to win a fourth consecutive title, and sixth in seven years, after beating Tottenham on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola's men will be crowned champions with a victory over West Ham on the final day.

The likely title success comes amid a backdrop of controversy. It is now 15 months since City were hit with 115 charges by the Premier League for FFP breaches and yet a verdict has not been reached.

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Both Everton and Nottingham Forest have been hit with points deductions this season and many have continued to question when City's case will be heard. The reigning European champions vehemently deny any wrongdoing.

It has been suggested that a hearing could be heard in the summer. Sky News correspondent Rob Harris claims the Premier League has indicated it is 'coming in the next few months'.

Yet that will do little to appease City's rivals, notably Arsenal, ahead of the final fixtures of the season. Liverpool twice missed out on the title to City on the last day of the campaign, most recently in 2022.

And ex-Reds player Jason McAteer admits he is still uneasy about another title success at the Etihad. "Liverpool has been hot on City's heels so it does stick in your throat to think of how close we got and how many titles we could have won," he told beINSports.

"You look at the circumstances where City has been able to spend what it wants, and has fantastic lawyers and even better accountants. Mikel Arteta is so close to this title. If Arsenal loses it, what is going through his head with Manchester City's 115 charges?" says: City looks set to win yet another title after a quite remarkable run at the end of the season. Few can argue with the performances on the pitch, yet the charges still hang over Pep Guardiola's side and a hearing must take place as soon as possible. It cannot be allowed to run into next term, with Everton and Forest having both had to deal with deductions already this season.