It would be an unfair battle on the field, and it has also been shown to be the same outside.
Manchester City's 12 lawyers were up against UEFA's four-piece in the court of The International court of arbitration for sport (CAS) and got the two-year quarantine from european participation repealed.
instead, become the 'only' to a fine of ten million euro.
As a witness in court attended Simon Pearce. He sits in the board of directors of the City Football Group, while at the same time he also is advisor to the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi.
In court, he was asked if he had ever arranged payments to the airline Etihad Airways, which is stadionsponsor for Manchester City.
- Categorically no, came the answer.
Now it turns out, however, that it is the truth. German Der Spiegel has, through the work with the Football Leaks published several previous secret mails with Simon Pearce as the sender of several of them.
In one of them, among other things: 'We should receive a total of 99 million pounds - of them you need to give eight million pounds. I should therefore have sent the 91 million pounds, but has instead only sent you 88,5 million pounds. I owe you 2.5 million pounds.'
the Mail is sent to the swiss businessman Peter Baumgartner, managing director of Etihad.
Simon Pearces explanation of the court may therefore not match with the leaked email. CAS had no knowledge of these emails, since there was judgment, writes Der Spiegel.
There is still the dark, rainy clouds over Manchester City. Photo: Phil Noble/Ritzau Scanpix
not respecting the financial fair play
Manchester City got originally the two-year suspension for failing to comply with financial fair play rules.
The English club had, according to UEFA from 2012-2016 broken the rules by that club's owner, sheik Mansour, has pumped money directly into the club.
the Money, which otherwise, according to the official reports came from Manchester City jersey - and stadionsponsor, Etihad Airways, which is controlled by the royal family of The United Arab Emirates. Here is the deputy prime minister is identical with the Manchester City owner sheik Mansour.
Documents from the Football Leaks revealed in UEFA's assessment that the money actually came directly from the owner and not from self-sponsorship agreements.
An owner may not, however, fund the club in this way. Since it was the second time that Manchester City broke the rules, thought the UEFA, for the first time ever ought to cost two years of quarantine from the federation's tournaments.
A judgment by the court in CAS was overturned.
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