‘Man City must be relegated if found guilty – a precedent was set with Everton’

Manchester City should be expelled from the Premier League if they are found to have violated financial regulations, according to an article published on dailystar.co by former Sky Sports writer Geoff Shreeves.

Twelve months have passed since City was accused of violating 115 financial fair play rules between 2009 and 2018. The club refutes every accusation.

With Everton losing 10 points, the argument for City has regained attention. The Toffees are awaiting the result of their appeal against the sentence. Additional charges have been brought against them and Nottingham Forest.

Given the harshness of Everton’s penalty, there is a need for City to be demoted if they are proven guilty—possibly by several levels. Shreeves concurs, having spent thirty years with Sky grilling scores of elite leaders.

“The Everton and Manchester City charges are very different,” Shreeves, who left Sky last summer, told Lucky Block. “You can’t compare the two directly and Everton were in dialogue with the Premier League all the way through their process.

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“I think with Manchester City, it will come to court but not for two years at least. It’s a long, a long, long way down the road.

“I don’t see that the Premier League would have any other option [than to relegate City if they are found guilty]. They’ve set a precedent with Everton with those points deductions. They primarily pushed for a 12-point deduction. So it has to be a possibility, it has to be.”

Guardiola has insisted he would stick with City even if they are relegated to League One, a level the club last graced in 1998/99. Speaking last year, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: “In the moment we are innocent until guilt is proven. I know the people want it. I know, I feel it. I will wait.

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