Reports claim UEFA to push for Champions League ban for Manchester City

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FIFA, the Premier League and the Football Association (FA) are also undertaking investigations into City's operations in relation to various aspects of the Football Leaks allegations.

Liverpool fans in the stands during the Champions League final in Kiev (Peter Byrne/PA). Man City can certainly not be accused of that in recent seasons and this is unlikely to stop now, despite finishing with a total of 98 points in the league, only ever bettered by the previous season's centurions.

Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League Manager of the Season for the second straight year after leading Manchester City to a successful title defence.

UEFA states that clubs can only spend up to €5million (£4.34m) more than they earn per assessment period (three years).

City were hit with a £49m fine in 2014 for a previous breach of FFP rules.

Manchester City have been criticised over a video that appears to show players and staff joining in a song that celebrates Liverpool fans being "battered in the street".

With no vote in cases of this nature, the final decision lies with chief investigator Yves Leterme.

But it is understood UEFA would deem a season-long ban to be suitable punishment if City are found guilty.

The ban, should it be upheld, would be a massive blow for the Premier League champions given that the Champions League is unquestionably the trophy that the club and its owners desire most, having already won virtually everything there is to win in the domestic game.

Should City - whose current squad has been amassed at a cost believed to be close to £1 billion - face a ban it is unknown whether it could be enforced in time for next season's competition, due to the likelihood of an appeal and, should that fail, a later appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Arsenal and Manchester United will both be competing in the Europa League next season unless the Gunners win the final against Chelsea later this month, with Jose Mourinho being replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford midway through the season.

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