Aldridge says Manchester City should be punished

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after winning the Premier League Title following the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after winning the Premier League Title following the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The former Liverpool footballer believes the Citizens should be punished if they failed to comply with UEFA’s Financial Statutes.

Manchester City is being investigated for fraud over UEFA’s Financial Statutes after it was allegedly discovered that they were using sponsorship money to buy players.

And former Liverpool footballer John Aldridge says the team will need to be punished, and banned from the UEFA Champions League if they are found guilty.

“It looks like Manchester City are finally about to get punished for their blatant financial outlay, but their domestic rivals will not be compensated for the pollution they have created in the English game,” he wrote on The Independent.

“City won the Premier League title for a second successive season on Sunday and no-one can deny that they are a fantastic team, led by a brilliant manager in Pep Guardiola who has taken full advantage of everything coming his way since he arrived at the club three years ago.”

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: David Silva of Manchester City celebrates victory after the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on March 02, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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“However, City’s owners have achieved their domination of the English game by spending their way to the top, and now there are allegations that they have flouted Financial Fair Play rules – a move which may be finally about to bite them,” he said.

“UEFA is reported to be preparing to throw them out of the Champions League for a season. One of the allegations in UEFA’s probe is that City has been inflating the sponsorship deals they have signed with companies under control of the club’s owners for years.”

He continued: “It remains to be seen whether UEFA will follow through on their threat to kick them out of the Champions League, but at least they appear to be considering this option and giving City a punishment that would really hurt them.”

“City simply has to win Europe’s biggest competition to be taken seriously as a big club, but the reality is they have not even come close to reaching a Champions League final despite spending £1billion to build their dream team over the last decade.”

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