Manchester City ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by UEFA’s decision to ban the Champions League club for two seasons and to pay a £ 25 million fine for a serious violation of Financial Fair Play and promise to appeal against ‘prejudices’ ‘at CAS after’ defective ‘research
- Manchester City has described UEFA’s investigation as “defective” and “leaked”
- The city has confirmed that they have appealed to the UEFA disciplinary court
- The club wants to appeal directly to the Arbitration Court for Sport
Manchester City says they are ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by UEFA’s decision to ban the club from the Champions League for two seasons.
UEFA announced the sentence on Friday for what they described as a “serious violation of Financial Fair Play rules” and also fined the club £ 25 million.
However, City is determined to fight the punishment, which they believe was expected as a result of the biased and inadequate UEFA investigation.
Manchester City says they are “disappointed but not surprised” by the ban on the UEFA Champions League
City has vowed to appeal the UEFA ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport
City described UEFA’s research as “flawed” and “biased” and wants to hear “impartial.”
A statement on the club’s website read: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.
‘The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to find an independent body and process to take impartial consideration of the comprehensive set of irrefutable evidence supporting its position.
“In December 2018, the UEFA principal investigator gave a public preview of the outcome and the sanction he intended to be imposed on Manchester City before an investigation was started.
If the UEFA ruling is upheld, City may face a massive exodus of their star players
The future of Guardiola will also be examined with its contract that expires in 2021
“The subsequent inadequate and consistently leaked UEFA process that he led led to little doubt about the result he would deliver. The club has formally filed a complaint with the UEFA Disciplinary Authority, a complaint that was validated by a CAS decision.
‘Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and reviewed by UEFA. Now that this disadvantageous process is over, the Club will pass an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and therefore in the first instance initiate proceedings at the Court of Arbitration as quickly as possible. ”
UEFA has found City guilty of “overestimating its sponsorship income in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016”.
Uefa has found City guilty of “overestimating its sponsorship income in its accounts.”
The governing body of European football also said that City did not cooperate in an investigation into the issue launched by its Club Financial Control Body.
Uefa launched a probe after documents obtained by a hacker and published in German media suggested that the club had concluded false sponsored sponsorship agreements with companies related to their property in Abu Dhabi in an alleged attempt to bypass Uefa’s FFP rules.
If the ruling is upheld, this could have serious consequences for the immediate future of City at the top of English football.
The future of manager Pep Guardiola is likely to be examined, with the former boss of Barcelona only 18 months to go with his deal with Etihad.
City can also face a massive exodus of star players who want to play in the Champions League during the peak years of their careers.