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Man City FFP trial scheduled for late next year

Manchester City and the Premier League will go to trial for the club’s 115 financial rule breaches later next year, according to the Daily Mail.

The long-running saga has been the subject of various debates, and a date has finally been set for the trial of the century, which could see City face a record point deduction.

The Premier League charged the league champions earlier this year following an investigation they had been working on since 2018, and there will be massive repercussions for the treble winners.

The Premier League and City have not divulged much, with manager Pep Guardiola constantly avoiding questions.

The trial is expected to take another massive chunk of time, with many people expecting a ruling at the end of the 2024/25 season. 

At this stage, statements are being collected from witnesses. This process will likely continue into early next year.

If the trial goes ahead as scheduled, a verdict may not be reached until the summer of 2025. In these cases, there is always a possibility that the trial date can be pushed back.

Intriguingly, Pep Guardiola’s contract will be up by this period, and the Spaniard could be with another club when the decision is made.

Even after the decisions come through, City will use other avenues to fight the case as they have constantly denied any wrongdoing.

However, the Cityzens cannot go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after they overturned their Champions League ban.

Only a month after City’s charges were announced, the Premier League charged Everton, and the Toffees have already received a ten-point deduction which threatens to relegate them.

Everton have appealed the decision and will be hoping for a favourable outcome.

The football world now braces itself for what could be the most significant legal battle in Premier League history. 

This case is a pivotal piece that could reshape the league’s approach to financial regulations and exert a lasting impact on the game.

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