Man United manager Erik ten Hag REFUSES to comment on the charges facing Man City – insisting ‘others have to answer’ to the Premier League’s allegations – with their rivals at risk of a points deduction or even expulsion
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag refused to comment on the financial breach charges facing Manchester City during his press conference on Tuesday, insisting ‘others have to answer’ to the Premier League’s allegations.
The governing body charged United’s rivals with breaking financial rules on over 100 occasions during a nine-year period on Monday.
The charges against the reigning champions relate to financial information regarding revenue, details of manager and player remuneration, UEFA regulations, profitability and sustainability and co-operation with Premier League investigations.
When asked about the situation during his press conference, the Dutchman replied: ‘No I don’t have an opinion. I’m not here to comment on financial regulations.
‘I am a football manager so I have to stick to that. Others have to answer.’
Erik ten Hag refused to comment on the financial allegations surrounding Manchester City
The Premier League charged Manchester City with breaching financial rules on Monday
An independent commission will now look into the allegations made by the Premier League and if found guilty of the financial breaches, Manchester City could face a host of sanctions including hefty fines, points deductions and even expulsion from the top flight.
It remains to be seen whether City would also be stripped of their titles. Should this occur, Manchester United may well add another trophy to their illustrious portfolio having finished second behind their neighbours during the 2017-18 campaign under Jose Mourinho.
A statement from the league said alleged financial rule breaches were committed from September 2009 to the 2017-18 season. City are also facing charges for failing to cooperate with the Premier League’s investigation, which began in 2018.
In a statement, Manchester City said it was surprised by the alleged breaches.
It read: ‘Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.
‘The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.
‘As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.’
Ten Hag’s side made the most of Manchester City’s slip-up against Tottenham at the weekend, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 to go within five points of their rivals in second.
Bruno Fernandes (L) and Marcus Rashford (R) scored as the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 2-1
Ten Hag’s side are three points off Manchester City and eight behind league leaders Arsenal
Meanwhile, league leaders Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Sean Dyche’s Everton, allowing United to climb within eight points of the Premier League summit.
The Dutchman has prospered since the acrimonious exit of Cristiano Ronaldo in December, marshalling United through a purple patch of form to establish his side as outsiders in the title race.
Marcus Rashford, who netted the winner against the Eagles, is enjoying a particularly hot streak at Old Trafford at the moment, scoring an impressive six goals in seven league outings.
Ten Hag will have to deal without star defensive midfielder Casemiro for three domestic matches after Crystal Palace’s trip to Old Trafford, as the Brazilian was shown the first red card of his career following an altercation with Will Hughes.
Casemiro was given his marching orders after grabbing the midfielder by the neck and will subsequently miss United’s double-header against Leeds and clash against Leicester later this month.
Casemiro was shown the first red card of his career after grabbing Will Hughes by the throat
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