Man City also facing Premier League points deduction after Champions League ban

Manchester City could be hit with a further punishment after being banned from the Champions League for two years on Friday, as the Premier League could also hit them with a points deduction for their breaches of Uefa Financial Fair Play.

City were hit with the two-year ban and a €30m (£25m) fine for deliberately misleading UEFA over the value of a sponsorship deal in order to meet FFP rules which require clubs to break even.

The club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, has been accused of mostly funded the Etihad sponsorship of the shirts, stadium and academy, worth £67.5m-a-year.

This comes after a previous breach of regulations in 2014.

The Premier League champions plan to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but as of now the punishment stands.

The Independent report that the Premier League may now act as well because of requirements to get a licence to play in the division.

Clubs will have had to supply the same information that City supplied to Uefa over sponsorship, which proved to be false, and that will breach Premier League rules as well.

The report states that a points deduction is ‘highly likely’ although it is not clear how severe it would be.

Expulsion from the Premier League will almost certainly not happen, however, there is the slight possibility that City could be booted out of the top flight and, due to new Football League rules, be forced to campaign in League Two from next season.

Man City have no expectation of that happening, and are confident they won’t even be banned from the Champions League.

A club statement read: ‘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.’

Source: Read Full Article