Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Champions League ban for Manchester City recommended by UEFA investigators, report says

Teemu Pukki celebrates after Norwich were confirmed as champions Teemu Pukki celebrates after Norwich were confirmed as champions
Noah Ferguson | 15 May, 2019, 15:30

If found guilty, City could be excluded from European competition but no timescale regarding the investigation has been made public and the club are angered by reports UEFA investigators will recommend a ban.

Investigators looking into allegations that Manchester City misled those conducting a financial fair play probe are reportedly seeking a one-year Champions League ban for the reigning Premier League champions, according to the New York Times.

If he does, it is understood that Leterme will refer City to Uefa's "adjudicatory chamber" for a full consideration of the facts and a potentially strong sanction, because the investigatory chambers disciplinary powers are limited to a warning, reprimand or fine up to a maximum €100,000.

They became the first team to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2011 at the weekend, pipping Liverpool to the trophy, and could complete a domestic treble when they face Watford in the FA Cup final next month. Europe's governing football body has leaked information regarding an investigation into Manchester City's financial matters, with a potential breach in financial fair play being the major reason.

"In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC's independence and commitment to due process; and on UEFA's commitment of March 7 that it '...will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing'".

City were punished for violating FFP rules in 2014 and operated with a spending cap and a reduced squad size for the 2014-15 UEFA season.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

"This can lead to the heaviest punishment - exclusion from UEFA competitions".

Manchester City would also have the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The person also said the Premier League champions have not been cooperating with the investigation when they have been asked about information in leaked documents.

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