Defending Premier League champions Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons by UEFA.
Europe’s football governing body imposed the sanctions on the club for breaching financial fair play regulations.
The club has also been fined 30 million Euros by UEFA.
Man City are currently second in the Premier League behind Liverpool and looked set to qualify automatically for next season’s Champions League.
However, if they do not appeal the sanctions, they will be barred from participating in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 Champions League seasons.
In a statement responding to the ban, Man City said they were “disappointed but not surprised” with UEFA’s “prejudicial” decision.
Man City stated that they felt that this was ultimately the decision UEFA would arrive at unless an impartial body had investigated the matter.
“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.
Man City claim that UEFA’s investigation was “flawed” and that 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.”
Source: view article source
Source Author: Edwin Kwakofi