Manchester City banned from the Champions League for two seasons

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Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons by Uefa.

They have also been fined €30m (£25m) after they were found to have "seriously misled European football’s governing body" and broken financial fair play rules.

The ban reflects just how seriously Uefa is taking FFP compliance and it may not just be the reigning Premier League champions who cop for such a punishment.

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A statement on Manchester City's official website reads: "Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.

"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."

It continues: "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."

When charged in May 2019, City strongly denied any wrongdoing.

More to follow.

 

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