As if the Football Leaks and Financial Fair Play furor wasn’t enough for Manchester City to deal with, the Premier League champions are now under investigation by FIFA over potential breaches of third-party ownership rules.
According to an exclusive report published by The Times, FIFA has launched an investigation into allegations that City have broken rules banning third-party ownership via their relationship with Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.
Danish newspaper Politiken yesterday reported that City penned a deal with Nordsjaelland in May 2016 giving them the right to sign any player produced by Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy – long linked with Man City – for the next four years.
Politiken published an excerpt from the alleged contract that states, “in case Manchester City wants to sign one of FC Nordsjaelland’s African talents [they] shall be obliged to use its best endeavours to effect the transfer,” which could be viewed as third-party ownership or ‘influence’ over another European club.
A FIFA spokesman told The Times: “FIFA is looking into this matter.”
City are under intense scrutiny at the moment following a series of Football Leaks documents published by German source Der Spiegel, revolving around Financial Fair Play, transfers, and other controversial subjects that could potentially land the club in hot water.