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Spotlight on Man City: The Key Findings From Der Spiegel on Alleged Dodgy Dealings & FFP Subversion

90min Logo By Jamie Spencer of 90min | Slide 2 of 8: Aside from limiting overspending to prevent clubs from going into financial meltdown, FFP also stops any club from being bankrolled by owner investment. Instead, it encourages clubs to raise their own sustainable revenue from things like sponsorship and commercial deals. City had deals in place, but one of the major revelations from Der Spiegel was that sponsors themselves were not paying in as much as was being declared, with the rest coming from other sources associated with owner Sheikh Mansour, of the Abu Dhabi ruling family. A 2010 email from Pearce is believed to have read, "As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million. The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness." Another instance is the claim that in 2015 Etihad only directly contributed £8m of the £67.5m that deal was supposed to bring in. The other £59.5m was funded by Abu Dhabi United Group, Sheikh Mansour's company, as an email from Chumillas to Pearce showed. Finance director Andrew Widdowson appeared to clarify how when he sent an alleged email explaining that the money is 'routed through the partners and they then forward onto us'.

Disguised Owner Investment

Aside from limiting overspending to prevent clubs from going into financial meltdown, FFP also stops any club from being bankrolled by owner investment. Instead, it encourages clubs to raise their own sustainable revenue from things like sponsorship and commercial deals.


City had deals in place, but one of the major revelations from Der Spiegel was that sponsors themselves were not paying in as much as was being declared, with the rest coming from other sources associated with owner Sheikh Mansour, of the Abu Dhabi ruling family.


A 2010 email from Pearce is believed to have read, "As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million. The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness."


Another instance is the claim that in 2015 Etihad only directly contributed £8m of the £67.5m that deal was supposed to bring in. The other £59.5m was funded by Abu Dhabi United Group, Sheikh Mansour's company, as an email from Chumillas to Pearce showed.


Finance director Andrew Widdowson appeared to clarify how when he sent an alleged email explaining that the money is 'routed through the partners and they then forward onto us'.  

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