New Man City 115 charges prediction emerges as experts agree on outcome as Aston Villa and Wolves wait

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Manchester City are expected to face a full hearing over their alleged 115 Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches, as Aston Villa and Wolves watch on with interest waiting for a verdict.

Back in February 2023, the Premier League charged City with breaches primarily concerning their conduct between 2009 and 2018. The main issues were related to the financial information they submitted to the league about payments made to players and managers.

The Premier League also alleges that City did not fully cooperate with the subsequent investigation. Pep Guardiola's team has consistently denied any wrongdoing, asserting they have evidence to prove their innocence.

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However, this evidence has yet to be presented to the Premier League due to a delay in setting a hearing date. It is anticipated that City will have its hearing sometime this year, but a verdict isn't expected until summer 2025.

This delay has sparked speculation that the Premier League and City might opt for an out-of-court settlement to avoid further delays. However, there are concerns that clubs like Aston Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal may feel justice hasn't been served if a settlement is reached before a hearing, given that Everton and Nottingham Forest had their cases fully processed.

Wolves and Villa have both been treading the fine line of overspending and seen key players having to leave their squads as they look to balance their books.

On BBC Radio Manchester's podcast, We're Not Really Here, football finance expert Kieran Maguire and Stefan Borson, City's former financial advisor, were asked about the possibility of a settlement. Both agreed with Maguire saying "It would certainly save a lot of money on behalf of both sides."

"It could mean that both parties could claim a victory, but I think in terms of public opinion and the reaction there's likely to be from both the media, and I suspect from other clubs, it's not really something that would be palatable to the Premier League nor City."

Borson followed up "There are ways in which it could occur within the Premier League rules."

"But I think they missed their window for a settlement. Now that it's public and now that we're so close to the hearing, it would be very unlikely for them to find common ground politically to get this settled."

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