WHEN Manchester City coughed up a £17million fine for breaking Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, no doubt their owners believed the matter would soon be forgotten.
But old affairs have a habit of echoing through the years.
Manchester City FC4 Pep Guardiola enjoys his time with Man City owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
And this one, arising from a bad marriage of money and ambition, was ideal ground for angry rivals and the foreign press to keep ringing alarm bells.
Now the German newspaper Der Spiegel says it has emails that shine a piercing light on how City and Uefa reached agreement to cut the fine from £49m to £17m along with some player and income restrictions.
At the time, smaller clubs claim City had been preferentially treated because they are rich and powerful.
Furthermore, they now know funds had come not only from the Sheikh Mansour regime in Abu Dhabi but from commercial partners manipulated by the desert kingdom and hidden. Sounds like the largest motivation for this is jealousy.
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