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UEFA refers Manchester City case to adjudicatory chamber

 The UEFA logo is pictured next to the entrance of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, April 6, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

The UEFA logo is pictured next to the entrance of the UEFA Headquarters, in Nyon, Switzerland, April 6, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Madrid, May 16 (efe-epa).- Manchester City has been referred to UEFA's Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber Thursday over possible breaches of Financial Fair Play.

The decision came after the chief investigator held consultations with other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, as explained by UEFA.

"The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on March 7, 2019 for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets," UEFA said in a statement.

"UEFA will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber."

The club has denied all allegations of financial irregularities.

"Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC Chief Investigator Yves Leterme," the English side said.

City insisted that "the accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the Chamber."

The club added that Leterme's decision was full of "mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the Club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process."

City said that it is hopeful to get a more accurate decision once the case is referred to an independent body.

"Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body," it added.

City defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 on Sunday to win their fourth Premier League title and the second in a row, prevailing over Liverpool by one point.

City, who won the league in four of the last eight seasons, become the first club to successfully defend the title since cross-town rivals Manchester United repeated as English soccer champions in 2009, and only the third team to do so since the adoption of the Premier League format in 1992. EFE

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