Man City on brink of Champions League ban after UEFA action

MANCHESTER CITY are on the brink of expulsion from the Champions League next season after they were referred to an independent judicial chamber for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP).

It’s been all smiles at the Etihad this year.

City look set to complete a domestic treble, with a win over Watford at Wembley on Saturday their final hurdle.

The Sky Blues fought off a relentless Liverpool to become the first Premier League club to win back-to-back titles in a decade.

But doom and gloom could be about to settle on their victory parade.

UEFA initially opened an investigation into the club back in March following a report from German outlet Der Spiegel.

The report claimed City’s Abu Dhabi owners had inflated sponsorship agreements to allow them to pump their own investments into the club, while complying with FFP requirements.

And after months of investigating, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), led by former Belgian Prime Minister, Yves Leterme, have decided City have a case to answer over the alleged breaches.

Independent chamber members are understood to have recommended a Champions League ban should the Sky Blues be found guilty.

“Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome”

A club statement

City strongly reject the claims, insisting they have been subjected to something of a witch hunt by the CFCB.

A club statement read: “Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC Chief Investigator Yves Leterme.

“The leaks to media over the last week are indicative of the process that has been overseen by Mr. Leterme.

“Manchester City is entirely confident of a positive outcome when the matter is considered by an independent judicial body.

“The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City FC to the Chamber.

“The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the Club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process.”

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