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Premier League Corrupt?

By: Ted Fred Franky, Refuting misinformation, January 2, 2024  5 months ago

Constantly changing the rules to try to restrospectively punish City

The charges against City won’t stand, but it shows the real desperation of the attempts by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to manipulate the Premier League.

As I’ve had said elsewhere, Rule X of the Premier League Handbook 2022-23 (in force when these charges were brought) states that any arbitration must be done in accordance with the Arbitration Act 1996. Section 69 of this law allows an appeal to be made against any decision if it is not made in line with usual English Laws. For Example, this brings us to the Statute of Limitations Act 1980, which prevents any contractual issue being pursued more than 6 years after the breach. Since the charges were made on 6th February 2023, that means anything prior to 6th February 2017 cannot be pursued.

Man City Fans Sky and White Traditional Bar Scarf
Man City Fans Sky and White Traditional Bar Scarf

In effect almost all the charges against City are therefore time barred, apart from the old “failing to co-operate” bit.

Now this is where the real machiavelian issues start to come to the for. Someone at the Premier League is deliberately trying to change the rules retrospectively so they can punish City.

Example A

In the Premier League Handbook 2023-2024, Section X has been removed entirely, however a legal principle called “contra preferentem” suggests Section X will prevail. I am pretty sure the the Arbitation Act applies regardless of what it says in the Premier League rules. So why have they bothered?

Man City Fans Sky and White Traditional Bar Scarf
Man City Fans Sky and White Traditional Bar Scarf

Example B

In Section W, a section called “Admissibility of Evidence” was added in 2022-2023 to allow common hearsay (ie the stuff published in Der Spigel) to be taken as fact, when previously it could not. Funny how this rule change was introduced just before they charged City…. Again this will fail due to Section X above.

The biggest problem for those behind the attack on Manchester City is that they’re losing their power and influence.

Since City won the UCL, they’re now a mega club, and there is twice as much coverage on the BBC despite the efforts of Dan Roan. Now officially, Manchester City is the biggest football brand in world football. City are bigger and more successful than one of the belligerents Arsenal. City are of similar stature to the other two. Despite all the league titles they have won, only City and United have done the Treble, and only City have done the Domestic Treble. City have become the first English club to hold the Big Five: FIFA Club World Cup; UEFA Super Cup; UEFA Champions League; Premier League; and FA Cup.

City executive Frank Soriano has also been elected by the Premier League as their representative on the ECA, the most powerful club representative body in Europe which lobbies UEFA on their behalf. Why would this happen if the charges against City were set to stick?

Social Media Coverage

You can see clearly from the table below of the two most popular social media platforms, that Manchester City have made a significant amout of ground in terms of world wide support.

Man Utd76m63m
Man City42m45m

If clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool are so much bigger than City, why doesn’t their social media following on the biggest platforms reflect this?

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Official Manchester City Scarf – PUMA 2

Ten years ago Man United had 118m followers on Facebook, so despite still being the best supported English club, the dramatic fall in their support reflects their performance on the pitch.