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

Ross Houston
February 15, 2020

The City Football Group includes the Manchester club and owns or part-owns New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain and Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China.

Manchester City and Gabriel Jesus will await a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being banned from the Champions League for two years by UEFA.

Manchester City said they were "disappointed but not surprised" by the announcement and will appeal.

When City were charged last May, the club vehemently denied any wrongdoing, saying that they had been subjected to a "hostile" process which ignored "a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence".

City have the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and in a statement said they were "disappointed but not surprised" by the verdict.

UEFA confirmed their decision on Friday, responding to what they consider to be financial doping from the Premier League champions.

It increases the possibility of Sheffield United following last season's promotion from the Championship by playing in the continent's pre-eminent club competition in 2020-21.

"With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible" at CAS.

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.

The Pep Guardiola side are also fined the sum of £24.9m for "serious breaches" of financial fair play regulations.

But leaked documents appear to suggest City attempted to get around these rules by disguising cash payments from a UAE state-backed investment company through artificially inflated sponsorship deals with companies including the UAE airline, Etihad Airways.

Man City is worth US$2.69 billion, according to Forbes.

Regulations, which must be adhered to by all clubs participating in UEFA competitions, were drawn up in 2009 and introduced at the start of the 2011-12 season, with clubs required to balance their books over the course of three years.

Being banned from the Champions League means Man City will play fewer games and be fresher for PL play, but missing out on the massive checks, ticket sales and the like that come with the Champions League should hamper the club financially. Speculation has already mounted as to his future career direction if Manchester City are prevented from competing in the competition.

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