Manchester City banned from European club competitions

Manchester City have been banned from European club competition for the next two seasons.

The club was found to have committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play rules.

City have also been fined £25 million.

The club will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) saying it was “disappointed but not surprised” by the ruling.

The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) said City had broken the rules by “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016”.

The CFCB said City had “failed to cooperate in the investigation”.

It’s feared the reigning Premier League champions could also have points deducted because the league’s rules are similar to UEFA’s.

The club’s women’s team time is not involved in the UEFA ruling.

Manchester City said in a statement:

“The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“In December 2018, the UEFA chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.

“The club has formally complained to the UEFA disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.

“With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

City are due to play Real Madrid in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League, with the first leg to be played on 26 February at the Bernabeu.

La Liga President Javier Tebas praised UEFA for “finally taking decisive action”.

He added: “For years we have been calling for severe action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, we finally have a good example of action and hope to see more.

“Better late than never.”

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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