Manchester City faces a huge bill to cover bonuses for their star players after a European ban on infringements of Financial Fair Play
- Manchester City handed the Champions League ban and financial infringement fine
- Club discusses how they can cover Champions League bonuses for star players
- Man City can pay huge clauses without £ 150 million windfall from the competition
Manchester City is faced with paying millions in compensation to their players after being banned from Europe for failing to comply with UEFA financial fair play legislation.
Urgent talks about how the club will reimburse their leading stars – which Champions League bonuses have laid down in their contracts – are already underway.
Many players are entitled to extra wages depending on the performance of the club in Europe.
Several stars from Manchester CIty are bonuses for qualifying for the Champions League
Some receive bonuses – up to seven digits – from the moment City qualifies for the Champions League.
Last week’s shock from UEFA that prevents the club from playing in the European league for the next two years means that stars are being denied the opportunity to collect those lucrative payments.
The talks about compensation can actually pay City Champions League bonuses without the financial windfall that competition brings.
Qualifying alone is worth around £ 150 million per team.
City has been in regular contact with players and their agents since their suspension was announced last week, and there have been discussions about how the club plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.
The club has promised to keep their players from the first team informed of developments
City leaders have promised to keep players regularly informed of their upcoming appeal against the suspension.
There are major concerns within the club that players will want to leave because of the ban on the Champions League.
City is expected to appeal to the Arbitration Court for Sport in the coming days.
Municipal officials have already informed players that at least they expect their UEFA suspension to be halved for two seasons.
But the outcome of City’s appeal will have a major impact on how players view their long-term future in City.
Rival clubs, who would like to sign stars who want to continue playing in the Champions League, are likely to benefit from the ban by submitting advantageous bids in the hope of convincing uncertain players to try to make their way.
But City is not punished by their sponsors.
Despite the ban, Manchester City is convinced that Pep Guardiola will review his contract
Neighbors Manchester United are faced with losing more than £ 20 million from their £ 75 million annual deal with adidas if they do not qualify for the Champions League for two consecutive seasons.
But there are no such provisions in City’s commercial contracts, including the record of £ 65 million a year with kit supplier Puma.
City is also convinced that boss Pep Guardiola will see the 12 months on his contract, despite the ban.
Juventus is interested in Catalan, but the city believes that Guardiola, who has emphasized the importance of keeping the past few days together, will remain in charge next season.