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Arsenal face tense Man City points deduction wait as Premier League timeline explained

Arsenal face tense Man City points deduction wait as Premier League timeline explained

As Arsenal battled it out with Manchester City for the title last season, a competition they eventually lost to Pep Guardiola’s team, Gunners supporters couldn’t help but feel frustrated. 

They had concerns about the 115 alleged rule violations attributed to their title rivals, although they knew that these issues wouldn’t be resolved during the course of the last season.

However, the situation may actually be even more concerning for Arsenal. The Premier League has called for a severe penalty against Everton, who are accused of violating Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. 

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If found guilty, Everton could potentially face a 12-point deduction, setting a new record for a Premier League team.

This development has once again drawn attention to Manchester City and their ongoing case with the Premier League, which has been under review since it was brought to light earlier this year.

The reason for the relative quiet around this matter is the sheer number of allegations against City. 

This has resulted in a lengthy process that could take years to fully resolve, which might provide some relief to Arsenal supporters, at least for the time being.

James Carragher made a rather humorous comment on social media, drawing a comparison between the potential punishment Everton might receive and what Manchester City could face if found guilty. 

Posting on X (formerly known as Twitter), the former Liverpool defender remarked: “The PL [Premier League] want a 12-point deduction for Everton for one charge. Man City are going to end up in the National League North if the PL get their way!!”

In reality, the Commission is conducting its assessment of the allegations behind closed doors, maintaining a high level of confidentiality. 

It’s improbable that any information about when we might be nearing a conclusion will become available until the process is complete. As a result, the anxiety surrounding this situation may stem from the uncertainty of not knowing when it will be resolved.

There’s a valid argument that a potential points deduction for Manchester City, especially one greater than what Everton is currently facing, might not adequately compensate for the damage caused. Arsenal, like any club, including Liverpool over the past decade, could argue that the title might have been theirs last season if not for City’s alleged breaches.

In the present day, along with potential fines, a points deduction may be seen as an appropriate punishment if City is found to have gained an advantage through the alleged violations. It’s evident that such an advantage, if proven, could have spanned multiple seasons.

The best-case scenario, even according to Pep Guardiola, is for a resolution to be reached “as soon as possible” to bring closure to the matter. Naturally, from an Arsenal perspective, they hope to benefit, but at this stage, the final outcome remains uncertain.

Arsenal face tense Man City points deduction wait as Premier League timeline explained

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