Football: UEFA to check Man City sponsor

2011-08-18 00:00

MANCHESTER — Manchester City’s sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways is set to be put under the microscope by UEFA’s financial fair play boss Jean-Luc Dehaene, who has admitted he has some questions regarding the deal.

The recent ten-year deal with Etihad is worth a reported £400 million (R4,7 billion), covering Manchester City’s shirt and the stadium.

Critics, however, have claimed that the deal is an attempt to evade European football’s new financial rules.

Chairperson of UEFA’s Financial Control Panel, Jean-Luc Dehaene said, “You know where the problems are and you know you will have to confirm them.

“But on the other hand they are all members of the ECA [European Club Association] and if they don’t follow the rules they won’t have the support of the other clubs.

Dehaene confirmed his panel would benchmark all deals to make sure they were “fair value”.

Etihad also sponsors The Etihad Campas — which will create an expanded academy, sports science centre, training ground and a 7 000 seater stadium for youth games.

The ultimate punishment for failing to meet the criteria is a complete ban from European competition.

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