Manchester City have been banned for two years from European league for the next two seasons for “serious financial fair-play breachesc”.
This sad news for the Manchester city fans was announced by UEFA on Friday evening.
The English Premiership champions, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million), immediately declared that they were appealing the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) “at the earliest opportunity.”
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the club said.
“The… flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he (the UEFA chief investigator) oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver…”
“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” at CAS.”
While making the announcement of 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 European football’s governing body stressed that City “failed to cooperate in the investigation”.
“The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA added.