Just when you thought Man City’s season couldn’t get any worse.
After being found to have committed “serious breaches” of financial regulations, City have been BANNED from the Champions League for the next two seasons by UEFA and fined €30m (£25m).
That means, following on from this campaign, there’ll be no City in Europe and suddenly a 5th-place finish in the Premier League is good enough for someone to qualify for next season’s competition.
City were found guilty by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) of falsely inflating their sponsorship revenues when submitting accounts as part of the FFP compliance process.
That now means they will be suspended from any UEFA European competition (so that also includes the Europa League) for the next two seasons.
The guilty verdict follows an investigation that was triggered after German magazine Der Spiegel “leaked” emails and documents in November 2018.
All eyes will now be on City boss Pep Guardiola, who was hired by the club in 2016 to essentially establish them as a force in Europe and to ultimately win them the Champions League.
But with the club now banned from the competition, and coupled with their struggles this season, this could seriously see the Spaniard jump ship by the end of the campaign.
This also means they will struggle to bring in some of the world’s best players, in comparison to their Champions League-competing rivals.
In a statement, City say they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the “prejudicial” decision and will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Meanwhile, the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Man United, Wolves, Everton and Sheffield United, who were promoted from the Championship just last season and are currently say in 5th-place in the Prem, will fancy qualifying for next season’s competition in City’s place.
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