In sporting terms, Manchester City has an interesting 2019-2020 season. Currently second in the Premier League after 25 days, the Mancunian club will also challenge Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the Champions League in a few days. Pep Guardiola’s team also qualified for the League Cup final against Aston Villa (March 1) and will challenge Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. But the club will not be able to be competitive on the European scene in a few months.
In the sights of UEFA for several months on financial fair play but also on questionable transfers, Manchester City had already been sanctioned by the European body. But this time, the latter decided to strike hard. UEFA has just published a press release announcing the exclusion of the English club from European competitions for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons: “The board of referees imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City FC, ordering it to cease participating in UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons (ie the 2020/21 and 2021 seasons / 22) and to pay a fine of 30 million euros. “
Citizens to appeal
But then why were such decisions made? In its press release, UEFA simply accuses Manchester City of having overvalued income linked to sponsors, but also of not having respected financial fair play between 2012 and 2016. In addition, the Mancunians would not have been cooperative at the time of the investigation by the arbitration board. However, the two-time defending British champion will appeal to the Arbitral Tribunal for Sport (CAS).
“Manchester City are disappointed but not surprised by the announcement made today by the UEFA refereeing chamber. (…) The club will endeavor to obtain an impartial judgment as soon as possible and, therefore, at first instance, will institute proceedings before the Sports Arbitral Tribunal as soon as possible “, explains in particular the Premier League club in its press release. So there is still a little hope for Manchester City but it is the CAS who will have the last word.
– Manchester City (@ManCity) February 14, 2020