UEFA excludes Manchester City two years of the Champions League for breaking the rules of financial fair play
UEFA has banned Manchester City from European competitions and will not be able to play the Champions League in the next two seasons (2020/21 and 2021/22) and must also pay a fine of 30 million euros for having failed to comply with the rules of the financial fair play. The English club can still use the Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS).
UEFA denounced the English club for lack of transparency in revenues of more than 140 million euros through sponsorships of unknown origin that were from companies of the same owner of the club, Mansour bin Zayed.
Manchester City was “disappointed, but not surprised” after hearing the penalty and announced that it will appeal to the Court of Sports Arbitration (TAS).
In a statement sent to the media,
Manchester City has claimed to be “disappointed, but not surprised” at this sanction. 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.
The subsequent process, defective and constantly leaked by UEFA, that he himself supervised left little doubt about what the final outcome would be. The Club submitted a formal complaint to the UEFA disciplinary body, a complaint that was validated by a TAS ruling. ”
The English team complains that it was a “case initiated by UEFA, processed by UEFA and tried by UEFA.”
“With this discriminatory process now concluded, the Club will try to get an impartial trial as quickly as possible and, therefore, will first initiate proceedings before the Sports Arbitration Court as soon as possible,” explains UEFA.
All this just a few days from the first leg of the Round of 16, where Manchester City visits Real Madrid on Bernabeu on February 26, which can be carried out as planned. If this sanction is confirmed, it could cause the exit of big fish from the citizen club including its coach, Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City will now appeal to CAS to see if they can get the ban overturned or reduced. If they Successfully file the appeal they would be unable to compete in the Champions League in the next two seasons (2020/21 and 2021/22)
if they not there is also some punishment from the Premier League, which could include a points penalty. and Pep Guardiola’s future as manager is also likely to be called into question should the ban over competing at the top level of the Champions League.