Manchester City Football Club has been referred to an independent commission over alleged breaches of Premier League finance rules, England’s top football league said on Monday.
The club is accused of breaching a number of financial rules from 2009-18, during which the club became a force in English and European soccer following its takeover by Abu Dhabi’s ruling family.
The alleged breaches stretch from the 2009-10 season to the 2017-18 campaign, the league added.
Manchester City is alleged to have breached rules relating to the provision of accurate financial information.
The club is also charged with failing to comply with Premier League’s rules requiring clubs to follow UEFA’s financial fair play regulations from the 2013-14 to 2017-18 seasons and failing to follow the Premier League’s rules on profit and sustainability from the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons.
“The members of the Commission will be appointed by the independent Chair of the Premier League Judicial Panel,” the Premier League said in a statement.
“The proceedings before the Commission will … be confidential and heard in private.
“The Premier League will be making no further comment in respect of this matter until further notice.”