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Man City is Undergoing Investigation for Allegations of FFP Violations

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MAN CITY – UEFA has started an investigation against Manchester City for the allegation of financial fair play violations. In the last few months, allegations are being published in various media outlets against Man City for violation of FFP rules. Following the allegations, UEFA issued the orders for investigation against Manchester City. In its statement, Manchester City spokesperson simply rejected all the allegations but declared it “false.”

Man City said, “The accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false. Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal Uefa investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails. The club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”

Uefa said the investigation “will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets”.

FFP rules say that the amount clubs spend on their players and wages should be nearly equal to their earning in commercial revenue and prize money. It is not for the first time that City has been facing such an investigation in the case of misconduct. In 2014 also, City was found guilty of breaching FFP rules by UEFA and it faced a fine of 49million euros which was later reduced to 17 million euros following the suspension of 32 million euros. An exemption of 32 million euros was made in a deal to reduce City’s Champions League Squad for 2014-15.

The Football Association is also looking into claims that City made a banned 2,00,000 Euros payment to Jadon Sancho’s agent when the England winger was 14 years old. A post published in German media, Der Spiegel claimed that City had “deceived” European football’s governing body. It claimed that City and its sponsors manipulated contracts to wipe out Euro 9.9 million shortfall in 2013 and circumvent FFP regulations. If City is found guilty in the present case then the club will be banned from Champions League. And if it happens, this will not be good news for all the people put their stakes in sports betting on this club on various online betting sites such as dewabet.

UEFA has refused to comment on this issue until the investigation is not over. Also, it said it would reopen FFP investigations on a “case-by-case basis” if it finds any evidence of “abuse.”

Manchester City chairman Pep Guardiola said that he has been assured by the City Manager and CEO that the club will not be banned.

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Preview on the USA vs Wales game at World Cup Group Stage

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar begins in less than 35 days and one can’t help but be ecstatic about this fact even though football is going through one of its most hectic periods ever. 

On the 18th of November, the 32 best national football teams in the world will converge in Qatar for the chance to attain supremacy and become World Champions. Eight groups have been drawn for this tournament and the best two teams will qualify for the knockout stages. The results of the draw made on April 1, 2022 are as follows:

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

This article places its focus on group B. More precisely it focuses on the group game between the United States of America (USA) and Wales. This match takes place on the 21st of November and will be the second group B match of the day with England facing Iran before this fixture happens. This gives fans enough time go get in their late USA Wales prediction if they haven’t already. 

Before we dive deeper into the match itself, we first need to have a brief history of how they qualified for the World Cup. 

Wales 

The Welsh national team were put in a qualification group with giants Belgium, the Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia. They were able to earn 15 points from their 8 games played and finished second below group winners Belgium who won the group by five points. Finishing second meant they had to go through two more playoff matches before getting qualifying for the World Cup. They were able to best Austria and Ukraine, ending both countries hopes of qualifying for the World Cup and booked a flight to Qatar for themselves. 

United States 

The United States were placed in a group with the likes of rivals Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica and El Salvador. They finished third in that group and qualified for the World Cup on goal difference after they finished level on points with Costa Rica (25 points).

On the 21st of November the 19th ranked Wales will face off against the 16th ranked USA at the Al Rayyan stadium and that match could be the most important for both teams who aspire to qualify for the knockout stages. This is because the other two teams in the group are England and Iran and the favorites to win the group and one of the favorites to win the entire tournament and an Iran team not fancied to come away from the group with even a point. Football isn’t a sport played on paper but these facts are undeniable and it makes their opening fixture against each other the most important one and a win for each team might all but secure qualification to the next round. 

If you go by their world ranking, the 16th ranked USA will be seen as slight favourites against the 19th ranked Wales but the form of both teams heading into the World Cup may indicate that the match will be much closer. 

In their last five games, Wales have not been able to win any of them. In fact, you would have to go back to their win against Ukraine in May, which secured them World Cup qualification as the last time they were able to win a competitive game. They didn’t win any of their UEFA Nations League group games and go into the tournament in bad form.

Since their 5-1 World Cup Qualifier win over Panama in March, the US have been able to win two of their last seven international matches with those wins coming against Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League and Morocco in an international friendly. 

Their recent result was a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia which caused a lot of upset among fans in the US. You could argue that their form going into the tournament is slightly better, but only slightly. 

It isn’t looking good for either team in the lead-up to the tournament but when they walk out onto the pitch for their encounter, the form book goes out the window and each player on both sides will have to produce the performance of their lives. 

Who will be the key players?

Wales 

For Wales, you’ve got to look no further than the legendary Gareth Bale. The Welsh wizard has almost singlehandedly dragged his national team to the World Cup with huge performances during qualifying stages and will definitely be there to help his team achieve success against the Americans and beyond. He will be by far the best player on the pitch come the 21st of November and will assert his authority on the match as the greatest players do. 

Right behind him is Aaron Ramsey. The 31 year old midfielder has been there over the years as a key cog in the Welsh midfield machine and will be key in helping Wales control the middle of the park with his experience and quality. 

United States

Captain America aka Christian Pulisic has already led his country to huge wins in the past but this tournament will be his biggest challenge yet. At 24, Pulisic has already graced some of the biggest stages in world football and will be looked at by his young teammates as a talismanic figure. 

His lack of consistent playing time at Chelsea may be a bother going to the World Cup but Pulisic will be up to the challenge when the time comes. 

Weston McKennie has had difficult time with injuries in recent times but it looks like he has found some fitness now and his timing couldn’t be better. The Juventus man is an important part of that US midfield and his partnership with Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah will be crucial if they are to secure victory over the Welsh. 

This is Wales’ first World Cup appearance since 1958 which means that this is a first World Cup appearance for these players. The same could also be said for the young United States team to an extent. It has been eight years since their last World Cup appearance and they have assembled a very young crop of talented players and the majority of the squad will be participating in their very first World Cup. 

The nerves will be high on both sides and the sense of occasion will be nauseating but they will have to shake off all of the nerves and anxiety in order to play the match and not the occasion. Glory awaits one or none of these two teams in Qatar but it’s up to them to decide their destiny.

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