City are ready to battle opponents both on and off the field

It appears to be only a matter of time before FIFA announce a transfer ban on Manchester City.

Rumours abound that football’s ultra corrupt global governing body, is ready to fire the opening shots, in what appears to be a concerted campaign to damage the Abu Dhabi-owned Champions of England.

Whether there’s any substance for FIFA aggression, in relation to City breaching rules on youth player recruitment, remains to be seen. There’s little doubt City will fight their corner and challenge whatever punitive measures FIFA may seek to impose.

The House of Corruption!

The seemingly imminent punishment, would come hot on the heels of Chelsea being handed a two-window transfer ban on similar charges. It prevents the Londoners from making any new signings until the summer of 2020. 

Whereas the overwhelming majority of City supporters believe the various football authorities are desperate to ‘pin something’ on the club, City remain resolute that it has no case to answer.

FIFA, UEFA, the FA and the Premier League have yet to publicly show their hand and present detailed cases for the prosecution, but City have declared their intention to rebut all accusations and allegations, particularly those relating to UEFA’s, farcically entitled, Financial Fair Play rules.

Sign him up – transfer ban or no transfer ban, City need to extend Leroy Sane’s contract ASAP.

At this stage it appears much of the so called ‘evidence’ stacking up against City, is derived from the Football Leaks ‘source’ – information that was gleefully plastered all over the pages of Der Speigel by their ‘investigative’ reporters. I use the term in the loosest sense. It doesn’t take much by way of ‘investigative journalism’ to pore over and publish, emails and documents, allegedly hacked or stolen.

If any of the charges laid against City are as a result of, what the club refer to as, ‘…out-of-context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people’, they shouldn’t see the light of day.

Fuelled by a culture of bribery and corruption, FIFA shouldn’t be in any kind of position to cast aspersions on others. Any moral stance is built wholly on foundations of sand – most recently of Qatari origin – amid claims of Qatar paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to host the 2022 World Cup.

Come in Number 22 – A fully fit and firing Benjamin Mendy would give City a massive boost.

What FIFA may claim to be damning proof, could well be inadmissible as evidence, outside of the parameters of FIFA’s kangaroo court proceedings. That said, City would not be the first club to face a potential transfer embargo.

The ban on Chelsea has been imposed with immediate effect. Roman Abramovich’s bunch are contesting not only the ban, but also its imposition, prior to any appeal proceedings. To any fair-minded outsider, Chelsea would surely have a case for their protestations.

In recent years, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all had similar transfer exclusions, but with one glaring difference. Their bans were not applied until a lengthy appeals process had been exhausted.

Two of City’s Finest – KDB and Bernardo Silva – a combined £97m of transfer ‘bargains’.

This bought precious time for the La Liga trio to embark on extravagant spending sprees while their appeals were heard. The Spaniards made hay before their enforced transfer famine, stocked up on new talent and effectively nullified the impact of the bans. Even if Chelsea and City are eventually banned, they should receive the same treatment in the short term, as was accorded to their Spanish counterparts.

Undoubtedly it defeats the aim of the objective if teams are allowed to splash the cash prior to any ban, but that’s the precedent previously set by FIFA.

One down, three to go? The remarkable Raheem Sterling with the League Cup – City’s first trophy of the 2018/19 campaign.

Regrettably, FIFA is a law unto itself and it will do what it wants, as per usual.

A suggested worse case scenario, could see City banned from purchasing new talent until June 2020, but if any club has a squad capable of flourishing in the face of such adversity, it has to be Manchester City. Pep said just that at his press conference ahead of today’s FA Cup quarter final at Swansea.

City have just about broken even in their dealings over the last two transfer windows, with record-breaking, £60million Riyad Mahrez, being the only substantial signing. Yet here we are – the League Cup retained – top of the Premier League, through to a Champions League quarter final with Spurs, and, hopefully, anticipating an FA Cup semi final by tonight.

Match winner Mahrez – City’s £60m record signing hit the winning goal at Bournemouth.

Guardiola wants to improve his squad this summer, namely at left back, defensive midfield, centre back and in the striking department, but this present group of players is more than capable of sustaining success, flicking the ‘V’s and telling the bent football bureaucrats to go forth and multiply.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has recently been a revelation at left back, albeit it would be quite spectacular if we were ever to see a fully fit and firing Benjamin Mendy, play to the peak of his abilities.

‘Little Kev’ – Oleksandr Zinchenko has grown in stature as City’s stand in left back this season.

Phil Foden was always going to get increasing game time in his 19th year as he matures into City icon of the future. A transfer ban could see others such as Eric Garcia, Claudio Gomes, Cameron Humphreys and Philippe Sandler gain more first team experience.

Brazilian midfielder, Douglas Luiz, presently on loan for a second season with Girona in La Liga, might meet the work permit requirements and finally get the chance to work under Pep.

It shouldn’t be overlooked that even as last season’s Centurions and this season Quadruple chasers, City have had a cruel array of injuries to key players over prolonged periods. Despite numerous setbacks, they’ve continued to lead where others follow.

High flying Phil – Foden will be a homegrown talent that will flourish at City for many years to come.

Signing up major players such as Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva on new long term contracts, is great news for City, even more so, if Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundagon follow suit.

City’s green-eyed rivals are desperate to prevent City from building a squad capable of dominating both English and European football for the foreseeable future.

Six more years – Bernardo Silva signed a contract extension to stay at City until 2025.

They’ll take whatever help they can get off the field from FIFA et al, but such are the talent levels already ensconced at the Etihad, Guardiola’s crusade for continuous improvement in 2019/20, need not be halted by a transfer ban.

If a ban happens it happens, but fast forward to June 2020, and just begin to imagine the size of Pep’s bulging, unspent, transfer budget.

The majority of City’s fans believe there is indeed an agenda against their club by football’s governing authorities.

City could stick FFP so far up UEFA’s fundament, not even Football Leaks’ finest would have a sniff of uncovering any sh*t on the best team in the land and all the world!


 By David Walker

One transfer that will be completed this weekend will see Sinéad Walker sign up to become Mrs Nelson, when she marries Ireland-based City Blue, Fred Nelson, in County Meath. Fred is a big fan of Read But Never Red (there’s no accounting for taste) and he requested a wedding day ‘shout out’ for him and his lovely bride. Congratulations and our very best wishes you both!

Another cause for celebration this weekend sees a wonderful fella, Patrick Higgins turn 60 years of age. The Blue Leader of the Gloucester & Cheltenham Blues is one of the most passionate City fans on the planet and a bloody great bloke to boot. He too has a deep affiliation with the Emerald Isle, namely Guinness. Happy Birthday Pat. @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu


  1. March 16, 2019  8:37 am by Will Reply

    Der Spiegel should be the ones in court and I hope City sue the arses off them. Now proceedings have commenced I expect as to refute them strongly and not just rely on the inadmissible evidence line. The jealous other clubs and fans will always stir the shit whatever happens, like they are whiter than white!

    • March 16, 2019  9:03 am by David Walker Reply

      Indeed. There's many a glass house out there waiting to be shattered, lots of red ones as opposed to greenhouses. Thanks for your feedback - always appreciated.

  2. March 16, 2019  8:44 am by Donald Price Reply

    Excellent article as you explained a 2 window transfer ban will not be the end of the world

    • March 16, 2019  9:01 am by David Walker Reply

      The transfer ban may or may not happen depending on the robustness of City's defence, but we will more than survive if it was imposed.

  3. March 16, 2019  8:49 am by Ian Barton Reply

    Beautiful round up Dave, it’s about time that football was cleaned up, that will only happen when UEFA & FIFA are purged & the culprits brought to task

    • March 16, 2019  9:00 am by David Walker Reply

      Here's hoping Sheikh Mansour finally gives the green light for his legal eagles/falcons to swoop on these corrupt cartels and cleanse the global football landscape. Thanks for the feedback.

  4. March 16, 2019  8:58 am by clive vickerstaff Reply

    Superb read David , It beggers belief what FIFA will do to acquire more funds for the said bent organisation !! we'll soon learn of their intentions within the next few days , no doubt .

    • March 16, 2019  9:11 am by David Walker Reply

      Bring the battle(s)on and lets rip the heart out of these corrupt organisations. Many thanks CV.

  5. March 16, 2019  8:58 am by Patrick Higgins Reply

    Thank you Dave, the big six O indeed!!! I must grow up some day!!!👕💙💙💙

    • March 16, 2019  9:12 am by David Walker Reply

      No, Pat. As the song goes, 'We love you just the way you are!' Have a very Happy Birthday Blue Leader.

  6. March 16, 2019  9:06 am by Doug Henshaw Reply

    Brilliant write up again Dave. Im really glad that City seem like they will fight Fifa & Uefa in the courts if need be. Can't believe some of our Prem rivals are ganging up against us shame on them, I really hope we stick two fingers up to the lot of them. Even if we have broke some of the rules the mass hysteria that is coming at us is not warranted. Keep up the good work Dave would like to add my congratulations to the happy couple & happy birthday to Pat.

    • March 16, 2019  9:34 am by David Walker Reply

      Great sentiments throughout your comments Doug. Thank you, thank you and thank you.

  7. March 16, 2019  9:14 am by Dan Nolan Reply

    Great article. I totally agree and while I wouldn't like to see city guilty of any type of misconduct I feel a ban could work to our advantage in some ways. Players like zinchenko and Delph will be happy and secure and they will continue to get game time instead of having a replacement bought and the young guns get a chance to prove themselves and to developed under pep and the senior players. I also like the thought of the huge transfer chest built up for the following season!!!

    • March 16, 2019  9:41 am by David Walker Reply

      Swings and roundabouts! I'd much prefer Pep to have the funds available to enable him to operate as he sees fit. That said, if a transfer ban were to come into play, it would help create a siege mentality and togetherness within the club like never before. Yes, I, like you, can only wonder at the size of city's 'wad' in 2020 if such things came to pass.

  8. March 16, 2019  9:19 am by John Reply

    Great article again David.

    If we are given a Transfer ban we should use the 100-150 million we would of spent to fight the corrupt b***rds in court and let them know we are going to set aside that amount.

    Think Tenner Men would soon become a EUFA sponsor, because we know they like there freebies

    • March 16, 2019  9:38 am by David Walker Reply

      Ha - that would help absorb some of the Football Leaks shite wouldn't it? As I understand it, City have, or are prepared to make provision to deploy some of the finest lawyers on the frontline to fight these rancid governing bodies of football.

  9. March 16, 2019  10:15 am by Whity Reply

    We're definitely in a fortunate position with our current playing squad and crop of youngsters. My only slight concern would be the potential improvements made at united, Liverpool and Spurs over the summer. The gap has narrowed significantly since last season. Having said that, we have the Pep factor. None of them can buy that!

    • March 16, 2019  10:23 am by David Walker Reply

      Yep, Pep is absolutely priceless. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  10. March 16, 2019  11:04 am by Sean Reply

    'Guilty until proven innocent' seems to be the way City are viewed & treated. Every man and his dog is now discussing how severe, and the potential effects of, a ban!
    In real terms we haven't spent a nett penny in the last two transfer windows, have a young squad signing up to very lengthy deals, enough cover at CH with Vinny, The General, Ferna & Danilo all good enough to cover Stones & Laporte in probably 50 or 60% of the League & Cup games we play, Zinchenko a revelation at left back, Mendy & Debruyne hardly played & to come back, kids like Garcia, Nmecha x 2, Jack Harrison, Sandler, Roberts and so on that will either step up or bring in tens of millions if sold on ...... City will be there or thereabouts with what they have and in the meantime the CFG should robustly defend itself and set a precedent/blaze a trail for how football in general and a football club in particular should be run.
    I also feel that the governing bodies and those clubs scrambling for any potential gain against us may live to regret what they wished for because once the 💩 hits the fan I'm sure their crimes will greatly outweigh ours!

    • March 16, 2019  11:08 am by David Walker Reply

      A huge 'YES' to every single point raised. Thanks Sean.

  11. March 16, 2019  12:27 pm by Malc Reply

    I've read that there are other English clubs mentioned in the leaked documents - and some of them with equally or more damning accusations than City's. How come these clubs aren't mentioned in the press?

    • March 17, 2019  8:14 am by David Walker Reply

      Of course, we both know why don't we? It simply doesn't fit the narrative, but you already knew that ;-)

  12. March 16, 2019  12:50 pm by Pete lynch Reply

    Superb piece as ever David.

  13. March 16, 2019  4:09 pm by Andy Jackson Reply

    Excellent piece as per matey. Thought provoking as usual but as I've said before, it's absolutely galling that FIFA (the most corrupt body) in existence in my opinion, are even allowed to throw stones. I just hope that City not only defend robustly, but literally lay down the gauntlet and go after this lot for harassment if the accusations levelled against us are without foundation. Somebody has to make a stand against these mugs, and we at least have the financial clout to do so. Here's hoping - AJ

    • March 17, 2019  8:25 am by David Walker Reply

      Completely concur AJ. When Septic Bladder was removed we were all given false hope that FIFA would finally get its house in order. How naïve we were. Under Infantino FIFA are little better, just as corrupt as ever and just as unaccountable. Pretty much the same applies to UEFA. Platini was forced out after his cosy little arrangement with Blatter was exposed. It seems that in the cases of FIFA and UEFA you can cut off the head of the snake, only for the bastards to 'grow' another one. Here's hoping Sheikh Mansour and his people are the ones to finally rip them apart. Sadly where there's big money to be made there will always be self interest, greed and corruption. Love the feedback. Thank you.

  14. March 20, 2019  7:25 pm by Glyn Rathbone Reply

    Absolutely gob snacked how UEFA & FIFA can still work as a going concern considering the amount of bad press that sometimes acompanys them. UEFA with Platini and the much talked about back handers with the 2022 World Cup. Who is supposed to investigate the so called governing bodies ?
    Great piece, glad you’re back to writing these where I can read about City without getting wound up with the usual drivel that the red tops produce.

    • March 21, 2019  6:01 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Glyn - I'll do my best to keep the blogs flowing from now on.

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