Man City news: UEFA investigators seek one-year Champions league ban on Manchester City as the club is accused of financial irregularities.
Manchester City were crowned as the Premier league champions two days ago, thus providing them automatic qualification to the next edition of Champions league.
However, things are not looking good for the Citizens as UEFA investigators want Manchester City banned from the Champions league for one season, if they are found guilty for financial fraud.
A report by New York times suggest that Manchester City allegedly broken the Financial Fair Play regulations by inflating the value of a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal. A similar breach they did befre in 2014 and were fined £49 million.
Although, a final decision are yet to be made by chief investigator Yves Leterme. The former Belgian Prime Minister is yet to make his recommendations in this case.
With no democratic produce to finalize a penalty on the club, Leterme has the absolute decision making power over here. However, his colleagues firmly demanded a season-long ban as a suitable punishment for the club if found guilty.
Whereas, Manchester City are denying the accusations and UEFA is not willing to make further comments. However, it is further reported that investigators want laws to upheld and punish the club.
Furthermore, the Citizens made a statement earlier this season regarding the Financial irregularities, “The accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false.”
“Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal Uefa investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails.”
“The club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”
On the other side, Uefa’s adjudicatory chamber would have to decide whether to affirm with Leterme’s recommendations. However, Manchester City are fortunate that unlikely to apply to next season’s competition because City could appeal, and even take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Nevertheless, it could be a major blow to Manchester City as they already invested massively to win the Europe’s most prestigious prize. Additionally, they can also soon face a transfer ban, with the FA, Premier League and Fifa also currently investigating Manchester City over their signing of youth players.
How twitter reacted
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) May 13, 2019
Manchester City's title celebrations have been tempered by news that UEFA investigators will push for a Champions League ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations. [Daily Mail] pic.twitter.com/7QuNVSjD7r
— City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) May 13, 2019
If you can’t win it fairly then cheat…. This ban should stand for domestic leagues also, as this team is essential cheating to win with an unfair advantage… Manchester City could face a Uefa ban from Champions League for a season https://t.co/9zWf6H3TwV
— Lemon Tinge Bake (@onhistodd) May 14, 2019
Manchester City will face Watford in the final of FA Cup on 18th May and would be willing to secure their domestic double.