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Manchester City may face fresh FA probe

Manchester City's victory at Bournemouth put Pep Guardiola's side top of the league with nine games to go.
Manchester City's victory at Bournemouth put Pep Guardiola's side top of the league with nine games to go.

By Robert Jones

Manchester City could face an investigation into a possible breach of third-party ownership rules after the Football Association said it was considering fresh allegations published this weekend.

German magazine Der Spiegel, which ran a series of articles late last year alleging the club had tried to circumvent UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, has reported that City broke transfer rules with the signing of Bruno Zuculini in 2014.

The FA said: "We are aware of the allegations raised in Der Spiegel and will consider them."

The FA is investigating allegations that City paid £200,000 to Jadon Sancho's agent when the player was 14.

Der Spiegel claimed City made the banned payment to agent Emeka Obasi in relation to the deal that took the youngster to the club from Watford in 2015.

Under Premier League rules, clubs are not permitted to offer financial inducements to a player under 16 or any person connected with that player.

Yesterday, City reissued the same statement they have released in response to each fresh allegation that has been published by Der Spiegel.

"We will not be providing any comment on out-of-context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people," the statement read.

"The attempt to damage the club's reputation is organised and clear."

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