Manchester City Banned From UEFA Champions League For Two Seasons

Manchester City won a second straight Premier League title last seasonMore

Manchester City won a second straight Premier League title last seasonMore

Manchester City has been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons after being found to have committed "serious breaches" of UEFA's spending rules. "The club has formally complained to the Uefa disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling", it added.

City have won five major domestic trophies since Guardiola took over in 2016 - including two Premier League titles and an historic domestic treble previous year - but have never progressed past the quarter-final stage of the Champions League since the Spaniard's arrival.

UEFA said the Premier League champions had "overstated its sponsorship revenue" between 2012 and 2016.

"If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the Cas".

Manchester City has been banned from UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons - beginning in 2020/21 - and handed a $32.5 million fine by European football's governing body.

The Premier League club swiftly said it meant to appeal the decision to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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

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"UEFA takes note of the decision of the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) issues today, which included the following summary of its content and effect to be announced as required by the Procedural Rules governing the CFCB", read a statement.

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. 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.

The club were also found guilty of "failing to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB". 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.

While a ban from top-flight European football would be a severe blow to the club's prestige, it would also cost City dearly in terms of lucrative fees received under global broadcasting deals.

Guardiola's City outfit now sit second in the Premier League table, meaning that the fourth Champions League slot available for English teams would likely go to the fifth-placed club this term.

City previously told Sky Sports News the allegations were a "clear and organised" attempt to smear the club's reputation.

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