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Uefa and EPL to share details of Manchester City probes

Uefa and the English Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015.

Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.

It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.

The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.

Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.

According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”.

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