After a 2-year process, UEFA has decided to sanction Manchester City with a 2-year ban from the Champions League for violations.
Manchester City just received the worst possible news, UEFA decided to ban them from the UEFA Champions League for two years. This comes as a response to the Financial Fair Play violations they committed and were being investigated for.
The club was also fined with a hefty €30 million for these violations. The irregularities started when the government body started making inquiries about the club’s sponsorship with Etihad Airlines.
UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CBFP) found them guilty of inflating their sponsorship revenue with income from their owner. The main culprit for this information being leaked is the German news outlet ‘Der Spiegel’.
They disclosed private e-mails with all the information. As it turns out, Sheik Mansour of the Abu Dhabi monarchy was the one using his own money to fund the club.
City specifically told UEFA that all the funding was coming directly from Etihad Airlines. In reality, most of it came from Abu Dhabi United Group. This was suggested in one of those emails leaked by ‘Der Spiegel’.
Manchester City’s response was expected.
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” published the club on their official website.
“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.
“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City. Before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, 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.”
PSG could be next in line.
What hurts Manchester City the most out of this mess is that 2-year ban from the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens was one of those clubs that aggressively pursued winning the UEFA Champions League for the first time.
As a football club run by a country, they were always under suspicion from UEFA and were being investigated. The governing body is also looking at irregularities that PSG may have done since Qatar took control of the club.
If both clubs take a massive hit, this could follow the complete dismantling of both rosters. All the other clubs in Europe would be thrilled to finally get their chance to sign the players they want for lower prices. Manchester City will obviously appeal this ban. But it’s unlikely they will get lucky with it.
This goes to show that no club is omnipotent regardless of how much money they have. Institutions like Real Madrid are very aware of the rules that need to be followed. This is the reason they never wanted to get on the bidding game with any of these institutions.
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