Manchester City banned from all UEFA competitions for next two seasons

UEFA bans English giants Manchester City from Champions League for two seasons

UEFA bans English giants Manchester City from Champions League for two seasons

As per the ban a UEFA statement declared: "The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons)". The UEFA said in a statemen on Friday that the English giants had committed "serious breaches" of the rules.

The club said in a statement it will appeal the Uefa verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

City's appeal against that referral was dismissed as "inadmissible" by CAS last November because the CFCB had not determined a punishment at that stage.

"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber", the statement read.

"In December 2018, the Uefa chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he meant to be delivered to Manchester City before any investigation had even begun", it read.

In a three-paragraph statement, City called the process "flawed and consistently leaked" and ultimately "prejudicial".

This is the latest step in UEFA's attempts to clamp down on flagrant violations of the FFP rules and will act as a warning to other clubs.

"This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA".

City confirmed its plans to pursue a judgment with the Court of Arbitration for Sport "at the earliest opportunity".

The reigning English Premier League champion was also fined 30 million euros ($48.42 million). In order to get a license to play in the league, clubs must submit information regarding their operation, and it must match the information given to UEFA.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan were banned from this season's Europa League for FFP breaches.

It was reported back in May that UEFA was investigating Manchester City for a leaked scheme in which the club's executives hid cash injections from the club's owner, the royal family of Abu Dhabi. The club itself, with annual revenue in the past year of $635m, according to Deloitte, is the fifth-richest football club in the world.

The fact they failed to cooperate with the investigation suggests they may not evidence to disprove the accusations levelled at them by UEFA. Clubs are only allowed to spend on their squads in relation to the amount of income received from sponsors, in a bid to ensure a relatively even playing field.

"We are innocent until proven [otherwise], I'm sorry", Pep Guardiola, City's manager, told reporters when the allegations resurfaced past year.

The club appointed decorated Spaniard manager Pep Guardiola in 2016 and while he has delivered Premier League titles, he has yet to add the sought-after Champions League title to the Manchester team's trophy cabinet.

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