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Man City is not sad about the C1 Cup: Was the German newspaper unmasked to make a false escape?

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A German newspaper claims to hold a series of new evidences proving that Man City violated the Law on Financial Equity and also made false statements in the hearing to help them escape the ban on the European Cup. Not […]

A German newspaper claims to hold a series of new evidences proving that Man City violated the Law on Financial Equity and also made false statements in the hearing to help them escape the ban on the European Cup.

Not so long ago, Der Spiegel – a newspaper page from Germany caused the British media to stir when claiming to hold evidence that the Sports Court of Arbitration (CAS) was wrong when acquitted Man City.

In February, Der Spiegel published seven leaking emails from the Football Leaks website, accusing Man City of seriously violating the Financial Fair Law (FFP) and being banned from participating in the European Football Association (UEFA) for 2 years, with a fine of 30 million euros.

Refusing to stand arms crossed, the Etihad team sent an appeal to the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS) to protest the penalty. As a result, on July 13, CAS unexpectedly ruled Man City, continued to attend the European Cup and only had to pay a fine of 10 million euros for non-cooperating with UEFA during the investigation process.

However, Der Spiegel stated that they owned a new series of emails that showed that not only did they violate the Financial Fairness Law, Man City also made false statements in a hearing with CAS without specifying details in these emails. On the side of Man City, the Etihad team representative immediately denied the allegations, and affirmed the move from Der Spiegel as “an organized attack to influence the reputation of the club”.

If Spiegel has an e-mail, why not publish it beforehand so that UEFA can handle City more easily, that’s a big question. The only explanation is that these emails belong to Rui Pinto, a hacker who stole many football documents from UEFA itself. If UEFA take out Pinto e-mails as evidence against Man City, they are nothing more than “patrons” for the theft of Pinto and Football Leaks. 

And if these emails are used, it will not be difficult for Man City to counterattack when their authenticity cannot be asserted when it has fallen into the hands of hackers and can be edited for the purpose of anti-Man City. In other words, Der Spiegel’s latest move is just to continue the readers’ reading of the newspaper “investigative reportage” that is quite anti-Man City of this newspaper, not to help UEFA win.