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Man City FFP: Masters gives ‘confidential’ update as he’s told to end‘biggest Premier League crisis ever’

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Richard Masters is remaining tight-lipped on Man City’s FFP case
Premier League CEO Richard Masters insists he’s bound by rules which prevent him from giving any more information as Man City face 115 financial fair play charges.

Man City were charged in February 2023 with more than 100 breaches of the competition’s financial fair play regulations dating back to 2009.

The club could face a points deduction or even relegation from the competition if found guilty but Man City have vociferously denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight their case.

The Citizens won the Premier League title for a fourth consecutive time on Sunday and a sixth time since Pep Guardiola became manager, while they could make it a Double if they beat arch-rivals Man Utd in the FA Cup final at the weekend.

Man City went on to win the Treble last season, while off the field the club have also grown, recording record revenues last year.

To many critics of the club, which is supported by the vast wealth of owner Sheikh Mansour, the Premier League charges cast a shadow over their success.

Everton and Nottingham Forest being punished for breaches of Premier League financial rules this season has put the spotlight back on Man City’s case.

There has been a frustration from supporters of other clubs about the lack of updates on Man City’s hearing but Premier League CEO Masters has now explained why.

Masters told The Times: “All we have said is that a date has been set for the hearing. We haven’t said when that is. Our rulebook requires these commissions to be held in private, and everything to be confidential.”

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Masters revealed recently that the hearing will take place in the “near future” but former Everton CEO Keith Wyness doesn’t think that statement was particularly helpful.

Wyness told Football Insider: “I do believe that statement hinders more than it helps. When is the hearing going to be? At some point in the future? Everybody is asking ‘When?’. Let’s get this resolved.

“They were very clear on dates and issues around Nottingham Forest and Everton.

“The chairwoman Alison Brittain needs to be held to account very seriously about this. Richard Masters has been the fall guy in all of this and I fully accept he’s got a lot to answer for.

“But as chairperson, with this Man City case, in the biggest crisis the Premier League’s ever had, she’s been completely anonymous and completely absent.

“She should be the one the public are now holding to account. She should be in front of a select committee as soon as possible to work out what’s going to happen next.

“These are big issues. Rishi Sunak said in his speech the other day the Premier League is the envy of the world. You have to be careful.

“It’s about time the Premier League swept up this mess, stopped it and got on with football.”

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Brazil replace injured keeper Ederson in Copa America squad
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Brazil have called up three more players for the Copa America after South American governing body CONMEBOL allowed teams to expand their squads to 26 from 23 and they have also replaced injured goalkeeper Ederson.

Juventus defender Bremer, Atalanta midfielder Ederson and Porto forward Pepe have been added to the squad, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement on Sunday.

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Coach Dorival Junior, who took over Brazil in January after a run of poor results in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup under Fernando Diniz, has brought in Sao Paulo’s Rafael for Manchester City’s Ederson.

Ederson suffered a small fracture of his eye socket when he collided with Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentina defender Cristian Romero during City’s 2-0 away win last week. The 30-year-old keeper celebrated winning the Premier League with his City teammates on Sunday after a win over West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

Brazil’s original 23-man squad was unveiled earlier this month, including 17-year-old prodigy Endrick but without stalwarts such as defensive midfielder Casemiro and forwards Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus.

“All players, regardless of when they were called up, arrive on equal terms to compete and fight for a place in the starting team,” Junior said in a video released by CBF.

Nine-times champions Brazil kick off their Copa America campaign against Costa Rica on June 24 followed by Paraguay four days’ later and Colombia on July 2. The quadrennial tournament will be held in the United States from June 20-July 14.

Brazil will play friendlies against Mexico on June 8 and the U.S. on June 12 as part of their preparations.

Information from Reuters was used in this story.

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The result saw Spurs finish on 66 points, two points below fourth-placed Aston Villa, who had already claimed the final Champions League place, and three points above Chelsea.

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“It was important we put in a decent performance today and won the game for a number of reasons. I thought the lads handled it pretty well,” Tottenham mamager Ange Postecoglou said.

“It’s always a bit difficult, the last game of the year, Sheffield United don’t have anything to play for. So it can be easy to not have the right mentality, but I thought for the most part we had that tonight.”

Pedro Porro scored for Tottenham against Sheffield United. Stu Forster/Getty Images
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Kai Havertz calls Man City title win ‘unfair’ after Arsenal denied trophy on final day
Kain Havertz hit out after Arsenal were beaten to the Premier League title by Man City.
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18:30, Sun, May 19, 2024 | UPDATED: 19:08, Sun, May 19, 2024
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Kai Havertz spoke out after Arsenal lost out on the Premier League title. (Image: TNT Sports)
Kai Havertz gave a scathing reaction after Arsenal missed out on the Premier League title. The Gunners did their bit against Everton at the Emirates, with the German forward scoring a late winner to seal a 2-1 win.

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But it mattered little, courtesy of Manchester City overcoming West Ham 3-1 at the Etihad. And speaking to TNT Sports after the final whistle at the Emirates, Havertz underlined his frustration at the club failing to land a first top-flight crown in 20 years.

Asked if Arsenal should be pleased with pushing the champions to the brink, he replied: “Right now I can’t think about that. Sometimes it’s not fair in football but we have to accept it.

“Football is hard. But hopefully we can go again next year and give Arsenal fans what they deserve. But I can tell them next year we are going to be even better team, and we are going to give everything again.”

 

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Havertz struck a late winner against Everton. (Image: Getty)
The 24-year-old also conceded it was difficult to to take any consolation from the 2023/24 campaign, and sympathised with supporters who had endured another season without a trophy. “What can I say, I feel so sorry for the Arsenal fans, for us, it wasn’t enough,” he added.

“Maybe in two or three months we can say it was a good fight but right now I feel like we deserved more. It was not to be the end but we go again next year.”

For much of the afternoon it looked like Mikel Arteta’s men were set to fluff their lines, with Idrissa Gueye’s deflected free-kick putting the Toffees ahead before half-time. Takehiro Tomiyasu equalised three minutes later though, and the clock had reached the 89th minute before Havertz swept home the winner from close range.

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Everton have long sealed their Premier League survival, but the defiance of Sean Dyche’s men did not go down well with Havertz. He took aim at the Toffees for apparent time wasting during the afternoon.

“We showed again great character,” he insisted. “They didn’t make it easy for us – from the first minute they played every thrown in down, and every ball. They took their time in my opinion.”

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