Manchester City paid Roberto Mancini extra via Abu Dhabi club, claims leak

Paul MacInnes on 8 November 2018

Roberto Mancini had two contracts while the manager of Manchester City, one of which was paid via the club that Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi, according to the latest information released by Football Leaks.

Mancini led City to their first Premier League title in 2012 and played a crucial part in their rise to Europe’s football elite. On signing for the club he allegedly not only agreed an annual salary there but also a further, more lucrative basic deal as a consultant with Al Jazira Sports and Cultural Club, which is controlled by City’s owner.

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the German magazine leading a consortium of publications reporting on the Football Leaks information, Mancini was offered separate arrangements by the City hierarchy which would help the club get around Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) regulations. Mancini agreed a £1.45m annual salary with City when he joined in 2009, plus bonuses and incentives, but also allegedly a £1.75m salary with Al Jazira.

According to Der Spiegel, citing documents the Guardian has not seen or been able to verify, City executives agreed a deal whereby the holding company that controlled City, the Abu Dhabi United Group, would circulate funds to Al Jazira which would then be paid back to Mancini via an offshore company in Mauritius named Sparkleglow Holdings.

In 2014 City were fined £20m by Uefa for breaking FFP regulations after the club was found to have overvalued sponsorship deals provided by companies associated with Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. Der Spiegel reports that City avoided a possible suspension from the Champions League over the matter after exerting intense legal pressure on Uefa.

City have not commented on the Mancini allegations, having previously described the Football Leaks revelations as a “clear and organised” attempt to damage the club’s reputation. Mancini left City in 2013 and this year became the manager of Italy.

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