Manchester City banned from Champions League for 2 seasons by UEFA

By: Sports Desk |

Published: February 15, 2020 12:20:16 am





Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola talks with Sergio Aguero, center left, as he leaves the pitch. (AP Photo)

Manchester City has been banned from the Champions League in 2020/21 and 2021/22 by the UEFA for “serious breaches” of financial regulations.

The English Premier League champion has also been fined 30 million euros ($33 million).

Manchester City will appeal the sanction with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In a statement put out to the media City replied: “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.”

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