The Premier League club denies any corruption linked to payments given to the man who says he did not do any job for them.
For the father of former academy prospect Gabriel Fernando Almeida, Manchester City has been accused of establishing a “fake” role at the club as a way to bypass Premier League regulations and funnel thousands of pounds to the family of the player.
According to Goal, Having joined City as a 14-year-old in 2011, Almeida was too young to be offered a professional contract by the club and would have been able to negotiate with other sides after his 16th birthday as a highly-rated playmaker at the time.
“No club shall encourage or seek to induce a player to become enrolled as a student by that club by offering him, or any person connected with him, either directly or indirectly, a gain or payment of any description whether in cash or in kind.” the Premier League rules for that season said.
In essence, any money paid to the family of an underage player to make a decision on the future of the person is a breach of the law, while clubs have employed young people’s family members in the past to bypass certain laws.
The case of Almeida Snr varies, however, as the Brazilian argues that, despite earning monthly expense payments of about £ 1,000 between September 2011 and June 2012, he never actually did any work for the club.
He confessed to sitting at City during two separate scouting training sessions but added that those sessions were in English alone, a language he doesn’t understand.
“Almeida, speaking to The Athletic, said in Portuguese: “The reality is that they paid me, but I didn’t work. They fooled us, in fact, because I don’t speak English. They decided for me to take a scouting course. On two occasions, I went to the classroom to sign up for the course. It was inside the city of Manchester.
City disputes the accusations against them, with a club spokesman stating: “The limited records that exist given the nature of the work involved and the significant passage of time of nearly a decade suggest that Mr. Almeida (Snr) was a casual scout with the club, for which he was reimbursed expenses, for a period within Gabriel’s time.”