Monday, 20 May, 2019

UEFA looking to ban Manchester City from next season's Champions League

Teemu Pukki celebrates after Norwich were confirmed as champions Teemu Pukki celebrates after Norwich were confirmed as champions
Cary Erickson | 15 May, 2019, 14:12

Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League for violating financial monitoring rules, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

The club have already been punished for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw them fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or their ownership.

But The New York Times report that Premier League champions Manchester City could be banned from the Champions League next season.

Chief investigator Yves Leterme will pass any recommendation on to UEFA's adjudicatory chamber, which would have to decide whether it agreed any proposed punishment was suitable.

According to the New York Times, investigators for the European governing body have chose to push for at least a one-season ban from the competition, after a meeting at its Swiss headquarters two weeks ago. AS reported recently that Rodrigo's intention was to stay with Diego Simeone and be part of a fresh project at the Wanda Metropolitano, however, the Mail believes City will attempt to persuade the player to make the switch.

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At that moment (when Liverpool fans celebrated Brighton's goal) it was a shock for everyone and Wolves were there. We will go again", Klopp said. "It's clear we were lucky in moments, like City were".

Pep Guardiola's side edged out the Reds in the race for the Premier League title in 2018-19, winning their second consecutive league crown after finishing a point above Jurgen Klopp's men.

If the ban is put forth however, it likely won't be for next season, as the appeal process and other legal proceedings wouldn't be completed on time to instill the ban for 2019-20.

Since Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan became the controlling owner of the club, Manchester City has been viewed as one of the world's richest clubs and has won four of the last eight Premier League titles.

City have denied breaking any Fair Play rules, saying in a statement released early this season that "the accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false".