Manchester City hit with £260,000 fine and Football Association warning over rules breach

The Football Association has released a statement confirming that Manchester City were sanctioned for breaking the rules last season.

The rule breach came after the club won the Premier League title on the final day of the 2021/22 season.

Manchester City came from two goals down to win 3-2 on a dramatic final day at the Etihad Stadium.

However, after the final whistle, thousands of people on the pitch entered the playing area.

In light of the incident, the FA have now confirmed that the Etihad club will receive sanctions, including a financial penalty.

Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

An official statement from the governing body released Friday afternoon reads:

“Manchester City have been fined £260,000 and warned of future conduct for breaching the FA’s E20 rule after a Premier League game against Aston Villa FC on Sunday May 22, 2022.”

Bernardo Silva celebrates winning Manchester City's Premier League trophy.
Bernardo Silva celebrates winning Manchester City’s Premier League trophy.

“The club has admitted that it has failed to ensure that its spectators – and anyone claiming to be its supporters or supporters – conduct themselves in an orderly manner and refrain from using threatening and violent behavior while encroaching on the field after the final whistle.

“An independent regulatory commission imposed these sanctions at a subsequent hearing and its written reasons will be released in due course.”

The success on the day of the aforementioned incident was Manchester City’s fourth Premier League title in the last five seasons.

Pep Guardiola oversaw one of the most dominant eras in English football history, and the current season is the latest pursuit of English top-flight success from his side.

Next up for Manchester City is a home clash against Southampton – a team that has often given the Sky Blues problems.

However, this season has seen a fresh attack from Manchester City, featuring inevitable goalscorer Erling Haaland.

The Norway international has transformed the way opposition defenses approach City, striking fear in the eyes of his rivals.

In his first 12 matches, Haaland scored a staggering 19 goals, along with three more assists.

Haaland celebrates with his City team-mates against Copenhagen.  (Image credit: Alamy)
Haaland celebrates with his City team-mates against Copenhagen. (Image credit: Alamy)

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