Manchester City Banned -Why?


Manchester City have been banned from the UEFA Champions League for two seasons – but why is this the case?
City have been found to have committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
UEFA said in statement: “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.
The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB.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) and pay a fine of €30 million.

Man City Side of the Picture

The club has said that they are disappointed but not surprised and they will go for appeal in Court of Arbitration for Sports. They club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body in support of its position.
They further claimed that in December 2018 UEFA investigation officer publicly revealed the outcome & sanction even before any investigation had begun. This clearly shows that there were some flaws. The club has formally complained to the UEFA disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“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.”

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