Man City banned from Champions League

Tanya Simon
February 15, 2020

Until UEFA handed out its ban on Friday citing breaches of its Financial Fair Play regulations, the focus at City was on how they might strengthen their squad to make a stronger bid next season. Sometimes there are opponents, sometimes you can not do it because in no sport does one team win all the titles all the time.

The ban is, however, subject to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

In a three-paragraph statement, City called the process "flawed and consistently leaked" and ultimately "prejudicial".

The ban will rule City out of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 renewals of the Champions League, regardless of whether they qualify for them.

UEFA said that between 2012 and 2016, Manchester City overstated sponsorship revenue in budget information that teams submit to the governing body.

The club said in a statement that it was "disappointed, but not surprised" by the decision, announcing its intention to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and saying the investigator, Belgian former prime minister Yves Leterme, always meant to sanction City. They have already formally complained to the Uefa Disciplinary body.

"They've been honourable how they've gone about it, as usual like Manchester City".

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The severity of the ban from both of Uefa's elite club competitions, and the scale of the fine, reflects how seriously Uefa's FFP compliance bodies consider the club to have breached the rules and code of conduct.

FFP, introduced in 2011 with the aim of encouraging football clubs across Europe not to overspend on players' wages, restricts the amount club owners can put in to cover losses.

Sky Sports reports that in their place, fifth position will instead qualify for the Champions League.

Should star names seek pastures new, Dunne believes opportunity knocks for some of the bright young talents who have found first-team opportunities tough to come by during the Abu Dhabi era in east Manchester.

Qatari-owned Paris St Germain were also fined that year. The Champions League is the richest competition in European soccer and the trophy Man City covets the most.

"Manchester City are one of the biggest clubs in the world", Ince told BT Sport.

This punishment is unrelated to the transfer bans handed to the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid over irregularities in the signing of global minors - an infringement which also saw City themselves escape with a fine previous year.

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