City BANNED from Champions League, fined £25m

February 14, 2020

The Premier League champions have also been fined €30million (£25m) for what European football’s governing body say are ‘serious breaches’ of their club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations which they committed by ‘overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016’.

In a stunning move, UEFA also said City failed to co-operate with an investigation into the matter launched by its Club Financial Control Body.

Uefa launched a probe after documents obtained by a hacker and published in German media suggested the club had falsely inflated sponsorship deals with firms with firms linked to their Abu Dhabi ownership in an alleged attempt to circumvent Uefa’s FFP rules.

The Uefa statement added: ‘The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of €30million.’

MANCHESTER CITY STATEMENT

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 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.’

City stars such as Raheem Sterling are set to miss out on playing in Europe's top competition

City stars such as Raheem Sterling are set to miss out on playing in Europe’s top competition

 

City have reacted furiously to the development and say they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

A searing statement released by the club said: ‘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 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.

Sergio Aguero may not play for City in the Champions League again after this season

Sergio Aguero may not play for City in the Champions League again after this season

UEFA STATEMENT

UEFA takes note of the decision of the independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), issued today, which included the following summary of its content and effect to be announced as required by the Procedural Rules governing the CFCB:

Following a hearing held on 22 January 2020 the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by José da Cunha Rodrigues, has today notified Manchester City Football Club of the final decision on the case which was referred by the CFCB Chief Investigator.

The Adjudicatory Chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.

The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB.

The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of € 30 million.

The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS.’

As noted by the Adjudicatory Chamber, the club has the right to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Therefore, UEFA will not be commenting further on this decision at this stage.

City were found guilty by UEFA of having falsely inflated their sponsorship revenues

City were found guilty by UEFA of having falsely inflated their sponsorship revenues

 

City say that they are 'disappointed but not surprised' with Friday's decision from UEFA

City say that they are ‘disappointed but not surprised’ with Friday’s decision from UEFA

 

CITY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RECORD

2011-12 – 3rd in group, Europa League round of 16

2012-13 – Group stage 2013-14 – Last 16

2014-15 – Last 16 2015-16 – Semi-finals

2016-17 – Last 16

2017-18 – Quarter-finals

2018-19 – Quarter-finals

2019-20 – Last 16 (v Real Madrid)

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.’

LaLiga president Javier Tebas was quick to air his thoughts on social media insisting UEFA’s decision is ‘better late than never’.

He wrote: ‘UEFA is finally taking decisive action. Enforcing financial fair play rules and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football.

‘We’ve been asking for severe action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for years. Better late than never.’

Social media was dominated by talk of City’s two-year ban from UEFA competition.

UEFA said City failed to co-operate with an investigation into the matter launched by its Club Financial Control Body

UEFA said City failed to co-operate with an investigation into the matter launched by its Club Financial Control Body

 

City have been involved in the Champions League each season since the 2011-12 campaign

City have been involved in the Champions League each season since the 2011-12 campaign

 

Many used the opportunity to poke fun at Arsenal who appear unlikely to capitalise on the extra spot, with the Gunners currently languishing in tenth.

Gary Lineker joked he is ‘not sure if City can afford the legal fees’ to mount the challenge.

While Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for Champions League just got 25% better.’

Rivals of City were quick to take advantage of City’s Valentine’s Day poem which left gaps following ‘roses are red, violets are blue…’

Comedian Jim Daly added: ‘No Champions League, until 2022.’

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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