Investigators Seek Man City's Ban From Champions League

Tanya Simon
May 15, 2019

Premier League champions Manchester City could be be excluded from the Champions League for a season if they are found to have broken financial rules in an investigation conducted by UEFA.

Thankfully, the Reds have a chance to finish on a high, as they'll face Tottenham on June 1 in Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

Manchester City, who secured their fourth league title in eight years on Sunday, are yet to comment on the reports. Europe's governing football body has leaked information regarding an investigation into Manchester City's financial matters, with a potential breach in financial fair play being the major reason.

City have denied breaking any Fair Play rules, saying in a statement released early this season that "the accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false".

The latest online version of the New York Times article does not contain any reference to "people familiar with the case". AS reported recently that Rodrigo's intention was to stay with Diego Simeone and be part of a fresh project at the Wanda Metropolitano, however, the Mail believes City will attempt to persuade the player to make the switch.

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Already back in 2014, City were handed a £49 million fine for circumventing FFP regulations but were given back £33.4 million of that three years later after meeting the requirements of the sanctions initially imposed on them.

For all their domestic domination in recent years, European success is the one thing that still eludes oil-rich Manchester City.

"This can lead to the heaviest punishment - exclusion from UEFA competitions".

If he does sanction a year-long Champions League ban, given that Man City would nearly certainly appeal, it is unclear it would be able to be enforced in time for next season's competition.

FIFA, the Premier League and the Football Association (FA) are also undertaking investigations into City's operations in relation to various aspects of the Football Leaks allegations.

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