June 20 – Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (pictured) has broken his silence on the raft of alleged financial charges facing the newly crowned European champions.
Al Mubarak says he has “very strong views” on the alleged charges imposed by the Premier League but cannot say much more at present.
City were charged by the Premier League in February with more than 100 alleged breaches spanning almost a decade from 2009 to 2018. The case has been referred to an independent commission but the club unequivocally deny the allegations.
Following City’s treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, Al Mubarak spoke to the club’s official media channels.
While he could not fully discuss the charges for legal reasons he went as far as he could to defend the Abu Dhabi-owned club.
“When we’re done, we’ll have a conversation. I’ll give you my very blunt views,” Al Mubarak was quoted as saying in an in-house interview.
“Obviously I can’t talk about them unfortunately for legal reasons. It’s very frustrating because it takes so much from the great work that’s happening at this club and it’s happening not just on the football pitch. The football pitch – what these players have achieved this year, the treble, is incredible.”
“With the Champions League, we’ve tried so hard for so many years. And then to finally do it, it’s relief, it’s happiness, but it’s really more relief. We finally have that trophy right here.”
“I hope people focus and judge them for their football, what they’re achieving on the pitch and what they’re achieving in every competition they’re in. The club as a whole is well run, is very well run.”
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