Manchester City created shell company to hide player costs from UEFA

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Manchester City created a shell company for a commercial deal to disguise tens of millions of dollars in income from UEFA investigators, according to club documents cited by a German magazine. Are you still going to cling to this spurious notion that your club has been treated viciously by Uefa?

Der Spiegel is leading the Europe-wide publication of the "Football Leaks" documents.

Leaked documents have claimed City had secret talks with former UEFA boss Gianni Infantino to help them out with Financial Fair Play, that Sheikh Mansour has been funding Abu Dhabi sponsors himself to pour money into City, and that City (and other English giants) have been involved in discussions to form a European Super League.

The magazine reported that Man City officials detailed a long-term search for "creative solutions" to hiding expenses and evading UEFA monitoring of spending on players.

"Believe me, I'm completely honest, I don't know what happened, I'm a manager, focused on the pitch, and the locker room".

"We can not comment on specific cases due to confidentiality obligations which UEFA must respect", said UEFA in a statement in the Daily Mail.

Some of City's sponsorship deals came under renewed scrutiny in Wednesday's instalment from Der Spiegel, which claimed that City remain sensitive to allegations of human rights abuse in the United Arab Emirates.

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'If you want to buy your way into football heaven, you can't let a few rules get in the way'. The attempt to damage the club's reputation is organised and clear'. Usually clubs pay players for their image rights.

David Frommer, spokesman for the European Club Association, said the organisation had "full trust in UEFA's organs of control in holding clubs to account".

Uefa found City had breached FFP rules in 2014 and the two parties reached a settlement, with City paying a £49m fine - £32m of which was suspended - while their Champions League squad was reduced for 2014-15.

Cliff is claimed to have responded that he did not know because Fordham had not shown City their business plan. This a company of which Der Spiegel claims the ownership is "well hidden", explaining, 'The path first leads to a British straw-man company, then to the British Virgin Islands and finally to the Rowland family trust'.

"In the last 10 years, people say that City have only won because of the money they have invested", Guardiola said on Tuesday.

Despite City's denials there have been growing calls for Uefa to investigate possible wrongdoing, including from the Spanish league.

Der Spiegel said this helped turn nearly 30 million euros ($34 million) into revenue instead of a cost, for the objective of UEFA's investigation of club accounts.

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