The Premier League Champions Face Fresh Evidence of Cheat
The last may not have been heard of the Premier League champions who had been accused of financial impropriety in their transfer dealings and were almost facing the axe from Uefa before the start of last season.
According to the Sunday Sports Mail …” the identities of both the sender and the principal recipient of the email but neither works for the same company anymore and both moved to different spheres of business.
‘As you are aware,’ the writer continued, ‘Etihad’s commitment is for £4million and the remaining balance (£8m) is handled separately by the [UAE] Executive Affairs Authority. Please can you clarify this to your accounts department and pick it up directly with the EAA in due course. Kind regards.’
“To put this into context, The Mail on Sunday has been told — and has seen corroborative paperwork — that Manchester City invoiced Etihad for £12m for the 2010-11 shirt sponsorship deal, but the invoice had a hand-written annotation that Etihad themselves were only due to pay £4m that year.”
“Further to that, sources say, and documents show, is that the City-Etihad shirt deal at the time — signed by City’s then CEO, Garry Cook, and Etihad’s CEO, James Hogan — would cost Etihad £4m in the 2010-11 season, having cost them £3m the season before, and then £4.5m in 2011-12.”
“The EAA, who were picking up the difference between the headline £12m in 2010-11 and the £4m Etihad were paying, are according to their website ‘a specialized government agency mandated to provide strategic policy advice to the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, His Highness Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces”.
The soccer community eagerly waits to see how these recent pieces of evidence unfold as the Premier League champion et to defend their title in the forthcoming season set to resume in a fortnight.