Liverpool tipped to start against Man City and insisted on a firm ban from the Premier League
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Liverpool tipped to start against Man City and insisted on a firm ban from the Premier League

Financial expert Stefan Borson has claimed that Liverpool will insist that affiliate transactions be “completely banned” in the wake of Manchester City’s ongoing legal battle.

The 2023-24 Premier League winners have taken legal action against the Premier League over new regulations, which were initially introduced in December 2021, which aim to restrict transactions with affiliated entities (ATPs). The tribunal case will start on June 10 and is expected to be completed before the start of the 2024/25 season.

According to The Times, City argues that the current rules are contrary to competition law and is now seeking “monetary damages” on the grounds that the club has been forced to follow the rules for several years. The city was originally acquired by Sheikh Mansour in 2008 and has regularly invested heavily over the past 16 years.

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If the case is decided in City’s favour, the club could receive huge amounts of money in sponsorship deals from companies such as Etihad Airways. However, Borson tipped Liverpool to come out strongly against City during the legal proceedings and even claimed the Reds could push for a total ATP ban.

“I think Liverpool will be part of the category of clubs that will be among the most vocal about the rules for related party transactions,” Borson told Football Insider. “They will speak out loudly in favor of strengthening all regulations in this area.

“They will be a key initiator because they do not have such a source of income. They do not want to bring in any of FSG’s partners as sponsors and therefore I suspect they would like a total ban on related party transactions.

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