Man City hit back at UEFA probe; question leaks to press

Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy after Manchester City were crowned back-to-back champions

Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Season for the second straight year after leading Manchester City to a successful title defence.

The club have been under investigation by Federation Internationale de Football Association, the Premier League, the FA and UEFA since March, as allegations that the club have breached FFP regulations in their pursuit of dominance reach fever pitch.

The claims were based on documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.

The video is thought to have been captured on an aircraft as the club's travelling party returned from a 4-1 Premier League win at Brighton.

City have denied any financial irregularity and said they welcomed the UEFA investigation "as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails".

With no vote in cases of this nature, the final decision lies with chief investigator Yves Leterme.

"Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC's ongoing investigation".

A New York Times report, widely picked up by other media organisations, says UEFA investigators want City thrown out for at least one season if they are found guilty of breaking financial fair play rules by misleading the authorities. "The club's published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record".

"The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false", City said in a statement earlier this year.

The latest online version of the New York Times article does not contain any reference to "people familiar with the case".

Manchester City weren't able to enjoy their Premier League title triumph for long.

City were punished for violating FFP rules in 2014 and operated with a spending cap and a reduced squad size for the 2014-15 UEFA season. Manchester City would have the right to appeal against any such ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Unai Emery's men ended the season fifth in the Premier League table, four points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United.

However, they add: "It is unclear if UEFA would instead give City's spot to another domestic competition".

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