Manchester City is facing calls from Europe’s top clubs for a Champions League ban after the Football Leaks revelations.
The whistle-blowing platform claims City hid millions in funding from owner Sheikh Mansour’s private fortune in order to dodge Financial Fair Play rules.
And now, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich want to see the club punished for their alleged actions.
According to reports, Europe’s giants are hoping to receive backing from Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to get City kicked out of the Champions League.
Over the last week, Der Spiegel has published a series of allegations based on information obtained from Football Leaks that have painted a very different picture of the club than the one displayed on the pitch.
According to the German magazine, City has spent much of the last decade trying to get around European football’s Financial Fair Play rules with inflated sponsorship deals, an elaborate image rights scam and hidden contracts.
One of those sponsorship deals was struck with Arabtec, the largest construction company in the United Arab Emirates but a firm that has been repeatedly criticized by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for its poor treatment of migrant workers.
Der Spiegel claims City bosses ignored warnings from its own public relations experts about reputational damage and increased scrutiny to sign a three-year, regional sponsorship agreement – worth £7million a year – with Arabtec in 2014.
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