Nottingham Forest set for £3m windfall over Man City 115 charges guilty verdict ahead of hearing

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Manchester City face serious punishment for their alleged Financial Fair Play breaches (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) -Credit:Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Nottingham Forest could benefit from any punishment handed to Manchester City for their 115 alleged breaches of Premier League Financial Fair Play (FFP) laws.

Last season the hopeful Premier League champions were charged with alleged rule-breaking between 2009 and 2018. 54 charges related to the club failing to report accurate financial information, 35 were for failing to cooperate with the league's authorities, 14 came as a result of failing to provide accurate information on player and manager payments, seven for breaches to the Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) and five relating to breaching UEFA'S FFP rules.

Man City have firmly denied the allegations by the Premier League but a dark cloud has hung over them as they await the breaches to be heard. Recent reports have claimed that the hearing will take place in the 'next few months' with no public confirmation of a date, whilst in the past it has been speculated a verdict could only arrive in after the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

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Forest of course know all about these kinds of punishments, having had the book thrown at them with a points deduction for exceeding the loss limit allowed for a newly-promoted team for the period up to their 2022/23 accounts. Even after appeal, the league's decision was upheld.

But ultimately that was just one charge and for a case of Man City's scale, the precedent has not yet been set. Stripping them of titles, relegation, financial penalties and transfer embargoes are just some of the suggestions thrown into the public sphere.

Depending on how the club are punished if they are found guilty, Forest could be entitled to millions in prize money. Data analysts, via Best Payout Online Slots, have revealed that over £350m could be collectively owed to Premier League clubs dating back to 2011.

The central payments are divided into six categories: Equal Share, Facility Fees, Merit Payment, International Equal Share, International Merit Payment, and Central Commercial. To determine any potential compensation, data from official Premier League sources and news sites have been used.

According to the measurements, Forest have received £15.5m from central payments from the one full season they have been involved in the top-flight between the 2011/12 and 2022/23 seasons. Should Man City be forced to pay compensation to other clubs, £3.1m could be headed the direction of the City Ground.

However, any payment if deemed applicable is expected to take some time with the independent commission seeming to be some way from coming to a final verdict.

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