Man City stars to quit en masse if club are relegated over 115 charges – pundit

Man City stars to quit en masse if club are relegated over 115 charges - pundit

Manchester City players are unlikely to want to play for the club if they are relegated to the Championship following the 115 charges aimed at them.

Speaking on the latest edition of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson admitted the Citizens’ team could “fall apart” if any potential punishment is that harsh they drop out of the Premier League.

Man City were handed 115 charges by the governing body in February 2023 for allegedly breaching the FFP rules over a nine-year period.

Football Insider revealed last month the club could be relegated to the Championship if they are found guilty.

Premier League chief Richard Masters revealed the hearing over the charges will take place in the “near future”, with reports suggesting it could be held in October this year.

Man City players could leave over 115 charges

Robinson believes the futures of the Man City players will depend on how severe the charges are and what division the club will be playing in once the matter is brought to a close.

“It depends on what the sanctions are,” he told Football Insider.

“We are at the mercy of the Premier League and the independent board of appeal.

“We don’t know who they are, what they are going to dream up or what punishment they are going to dish out.

“If you ask for a few points back, you might get them back. We make a joke out of it, but genuinely nobody knows.

“Until we get guidelines for punishments for certain offences, like 10 points for £10million or five points for £5million, we’re not going to know.

“They said every case is dealt on an individual basis and is looked at individually, so we’ll never be privy to that information.

“The only way I think you would see Manchester City players leaving is if the sanctions were that hard that they fell through the leagues. I can’t imagine many of that first-team squad wanting to play in the Championship, League One or League Two depending on what the punishment was.

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“If the punishment was that severe and they went down to the Championship, there may be a case where they have a shut-door siege mentality where they say ‘Right, it’s us against the world, we’ll be back next season, we’ll go romp the Championship’.

“Or the squad and the team will fall apart. It just depends on how harsh the actual sanctions with regard to the future of a lot of the players.

“If they are in the Premier League, I don’t think you would see anybody leaving.”

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