SERGIO AGÜERO HAS HIS SAY ON 115 MAN CITY FFP CHARGES AS LIVERPOOL AWAITS PREMIER LEAGUE OUTCOME
Sergio Agüero is keeping a close eye on the Premier League’s charges against Manchester City and has now broken his silence on the matter as Liverpool watches on.
Sergio Agüero has spoken out about the charges that the Premier League has brought against his former side Manchester City. In total, 115 charges have been put forward to an independent commission, primarily related to the club’s finances — and hence colloquially referenced as ‘FFP’ (Financial Fair Play) offenses.
The FFP charges span a wide period, with Agüero at the club for most of it — although it must be stressed that the Premier League has not suggested any wrongdoing on the part of individual players. The striker insists that all the trophies he won with the team were earned honestly.
Agüero joined Manchester City in 2011, leaving in 2021. A short stint at Barcelona followed, before a cardiac arrhythmia saw him retire from the game on the advice of doctors.
The period under scrutiny at the Etihad falls between 2009 and 2018, with a handful of charges related to non-compliance with the Premier League’s investigation in subsequent years. During the core reference period, Manchester City won lots of trophies, including the Premier League four times — at the expense of Liverpool in 2013/14.
Liverpool has twice come second to Manchester City in the years that have followed as well, making Jürgen Klopp’s side an especially keen observer as the case progresses. But in truth, it is in the best interests of the entire league for this matter to be concluded. The reigning league champion continues to deny all 115 charges.
Agüero was one of the best players for Manchester City after it bought him for $45m (£35m/€31m). He scored 260 goals in 390 games and became a hero for the club.
Now that Manchester City is facing these charges, Agüero is watching what happens next. He didn’t say too much when talking about it, but he did mention to Stake.com: “I can say that our achievements as a team, on the field, were won with effort and sportsmanship, fair and square.”
Almost a year has passed since Manchester City was charged by the Premier League, and the club strongly denies the allegations against them. Last week, the league’s CEO Richard Masters said a date had been set for City’s hearing but didn’t say when.
Meanwhile, Everton has been charged twice and punished once by the Premier League for breaking FFP rules, and Nottingham Forest has also received a charge. It’s believed that City’s case is taking longer due to the complexity of the charges.
Liverpool.com says: If Manchester City is cleared, then the entire club has been tarnished unfairly. But whichever way the case goes in front of the independent commission, it’s possible to feel a bit sorry for the players. After all, if there were financial irregularities behind the scenes, they had nothing to do with Agüero or his playing colleagues. Like everyone else, they went out every week to do their utmost to win.
But of course, they were able to do that more often than not because their expensively assembled team was so good, so the Premier League has to probe the financial side of things. It’s just another example of the potential massive fallout from this case: Liverpool and everyone else should be keen for an outcome, with each passing season damaging the legitimacy of the league and complicating the potential ramifications.