Uefa bans Manchester City for two seasons from European football

Ruben Hill
February 15, 2020

UEFA has banned Manchester City from the Champions League for two seasons for "serious breaches" of financial regulations.

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

Premier League (PL) side Manchester City have been banned for two years from playing in the Champions League by the Uefa on Friday (February 14).

The blues were found guilty under Uefa's club financial control body (CFCB).

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

The statement from the Premier League champions sounded a similarly strident tone to when they addressed being referred to the CFCB's Adjudicatory Chamber in May previous year and they once again took specific issue with Yves Leterme - the former Belgian Prime Minister and UEFA's chief investigator.

"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".

In a statement released UEFA said: "Following a hearing held on 22 January 2020 the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Uefa Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by José da Cunha Rodrigues, has today notified Manchester City Football Club of the final decision on the case which was referred by the CFCB Chief Investigator".

It was reported back in May that UEFA was investigating Manchester City for a leaked scheme in which the club's executives hid cash injections from the club's owner, the royal family of Abu Dhabi.

Financial Fair Play (FFP) was introduced by UEFA as an attempt to prevent clubs getting into serious financial difficulty by overspending.

If City's appeal is unsuccessful and they finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, the team which finishes in fifth position will replace them in next season's Champions League.

City have denied wrongdoing throughout the process and swiftly stated their intention to appeal the verdict, accusing UEFA of a lack of impartiality in a strongly worded statement.

"We are innocent until proven [otherwise], I'm sorry", Pep Guardiola, City's manager, told reporters when the allegations resurfaced previous year.

While a ban from top-flight European football would be a severe blow to the club's prestige, it would also cost City dearly in terms of lucrative fees received under global broadcasting deals.

"I want to win the Champions League", Guardiola told Sky Sports.

Guardiola is a highly accomplished coach and manager, who has made no secret of his ambition to win the European Champions League.

What did Manchester City do that was illegal?

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