Manchester City threatened to destroy UEFA with legal action when European football’s governing body pursued punishment against the Abu Dhabi-owned club for overspending on players and hiding costs, according to documents cited by a group of media outlets on Friday.

City did not dispute the authenticity of the European Investigative Collaborations documents, primarily reported by Germany’s Der Spiegel as part of a “Football Leaks” series. It criticised the journalism.

“We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people,” the English Premier League champion said. “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear.”

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