'Wow!', 'Unbelievable' - some fans can't believe what's happened to Manchester City tonight

  • 'Wow!', 'Unbelievable' - some fans can't believe what's happened to Manchester City tonight

'Wow!', 'Unbelievable' - some fans can't believe what's happened to Manchester City tonight

As per the ban a UEFA statement declared: "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)".

The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30 million euros ($33 million) in an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue.

It also found that the club failed to cooperate with the investigation.

"This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA".

After previously being punished in 2014, City accepted a settlement that included a fine, a limit on transfer spending for the current season, and a 21-man limit on Champions League squad size, instead of the usual 25.

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

What do you make of City's punishment?

Just moments after the announcement, City released a statement confirming they will be applying the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport "at the earliest opportunity".

It was reported back in May that UEFA was investigating Manchester City for a leaked scheme in which the club's executives hid cash injections from the club's owner, the royal family of Abu Dhabi. Pep Guardiola pursuit of winning the Champions League will rest on this season alone while many players may not want to stay without having top European football.

UEFA's FFP rules are meant to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.

City have denied wrongdoing throughout the process and swiftly stated their intention to appeal the verdict, accusing UEFA of a lack of impartiality in a strongly worded statement.

But leaked documents appear to suggest City attempted to get around these rules by disguising cash payments from a UAE state-backed investment company through artificially inflated sponsorship deals with companies including the UAE airline, Etihad Airways.

Guardiola's City outfit now sit second in the Premier League table, meaning that the fourth Champions League slot available for English teams would likely go to the fifth-placed club this term.

Guardiola is a highly accomplished coach and manager, who has made no secret of his ambition to win the European Champions League.