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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa 19:40 - Feb 14 with 101 viewsBringBackTheRedRoom

Manchester City have been banned from European club competition in 2020/21 and 2021/22 after being found to have committed "serious breaches" of Uefa's club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30m euros (£25m).

The decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City say they are "disappointed but not surprised" by the "prejudicial" decision and will appeal.

The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) said City had broken the rules by "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016", adding that the club "failed to cooperate in the investigation".

Reaction to Manchester City's ban from European club competitions
Manchester City said in a statement: "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.

"The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked Uefa process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. 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."

City have been drawn to face Real Madrid in the last 16 of this season's Champions League, with the first leg to be played on 26 February at the Bernabeu.

What are City alleged to have done?

Uefa launched an investigation after German newspaper Der Spiegel published leaked documents in November 2018 alleging City had inflated the value of a sponsorship deal, misleading European football's governing body.

Reports alleged City - who have always denied wrongdoing - deliberately misled Uefa so they could meet FFP rules requiring clubs to break even.

City were fined £49m in 2014 for a previous breach of regulations.

What are the FFP rules?

Financial Fair Play was introduced by Uefa to prevent clubs in its competitions from spending beyond their means and stamp out what its then president Michel Platini called "financial doping" within football.

Under the rules, financial losses are limited and clubs are also obliged to meet all their transfer and employee payment commitments at all times.

Clubs need to balance football-related expenditure - transfers and wages - with television and ticket income, plus revenues raised by their commercial departments. Money spent on stadiums, training facilities, youth development or community projects is exempt.

The CFCB, set up by Uefa, has the ultimate sanction of banning clubs from Uefa competitions, with other potential punishments including warnings, fines, withholding prize money, transfer bans, points deductions, a ban on registration of new players and a restriction on the number of players who can be registered for Uefa competitions.

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 21:10 - Feb 14 with 84 viewsspudgun

There could be some serious fall-out from this. I do hope UEFA intend to uphold this decision when City park their panzer division of barristers on the EUFA lawn, and not just roll over and increase the fine.

Won`t hold my breath on that one.

I would love to see what`s being said on the players chat group tonight - the prospect of two years without Champions League will rattle a few, and Guardiola`s resolve to stay will be tested too...
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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 13:43 - Feb 15 with 63 viewsspell_chekker

There are rumours of City being relegated to L2.

Funny but I don't think British football administrators would like to upset such a powerful club.

On the European front, PSG must be next. Thry've just offered Mbappé a massive contract.

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 11:00 - Feb 16 with 51 viewsbasilrobbiereborn

I doubt they will get relegated. A hefty points deduction for this season is more likely, as that looks tough but actually isn't really much of a punishment at all.

I also hope UEFA stick to their position. City have form for this kind of thing, and the media are saying that they were very unco-operative, vis a vis this investigation.

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 12:05 - Feb 16 with 43 viewsROTTWEILERS

How come City have come the attention of UEFA for breach of their rules and regs before the PL/FA for theirs?

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 12:40 - Feb 16 with 35 viewsbasilrobbiereborn

Perhaps our domestic overseers are not as quick off the mark as they should be? I know that sounds silly.....

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 12:45 - Feb 16 with 32 viewsROTTWEILERS

I guessed that might be the case but didn't know whether there was a different reporting process / timescales etc....

It's a poor do being reliant upon UEFA to oversee this type of stuff. What chance for us mere EFL chumps??

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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 13:02 - Feb 16 with 29 viewsspudgun

"We`d have got away with it too, if it wasn`t for them pesky EU sticking their noses in."

There is a conversation to be had, as they say....
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Manchester City banned from European club competitions for two seasons by Uefa on 18:45 - Feb 16 with 22 viewsspell_chekker

There's no question that City have bought their success.

How do their fans feel?

Is it as sweet as being a "normal" top side?

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