Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30 million euros ($33 million) in an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue. Sponsorships boost revenues and therefore the amount that clubs have to spend under FFP, so the perception that Mansour himself was in fact funding the Etihad deal led to the serious allegation that City had deceived Uefa's CFCB, which is responsible for ensuring compliance with FFP.

It said the club had committed serious breaches of the European football governing body's financial fair play regulations.

File: "Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (R) speaks with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (L) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James" Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on January 29, 2019.

The investigation was launched after a series of emails and documents were published by German magazine Der Spiegel in November 2018.

The decision can be appealed to the worldwide Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber", their statement said. City stated that they were "disappointed but not surprised" by the outcome of a "prejudicial process" and would now seek an "impartial judgment". They added they "always anticipated" that they would need "an independent body to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position".

City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticising a "flawed" process.

UEFA's financial regulations forbid clubs from receiving more than a capped amount of investment from ownership, and this clearly violated those rules.

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

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