Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is a “honest man” and was surprised to learn of the Premier League’s financial charges against the club..
Wenger revealed he knows Al Mubarak “quite well” and praised his intellect and virtue in the midst of the champions’ 100-plus financial charges dating back to 2009. City has vowed to clear their name, claiming they are innocent of all charges.
It is unclear what penalties City could face if found guilty, but they are expected to be severe. The possibility of the club losing some of its titles has been raised, though Wenger believes it is unlikely..
Speaking on beIN SPORTS when asked how much of a possibility that would be, he responded: “Very small one. I believe so.
“I believe at the moment I know quite well Khaldoon and I think he’s an intelligent man and an honest man so I was quite surprised by the charges they face so let’s see the outcome. If they are found to be guilty, they will face consequences. I’m not sure what they will be.
City fans waved anti-relegation banners during their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, their first game since the Premier League charges were announced.
The pre-match Premier League anthem was drowned out by a chorus of boos as fans expressed their displeasure with the accusations..
On Friday, Pep Guardiola launched a staunch defence of City, saying: “I would have loved to wait and see and time will dictate what will happen. In the event that we are not innocent, we will accept the decision of the judge, the Premier League.
“But what if… we’re not guilty? What happens to repair our harm? Because the damage will last a decade..
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