UEFA looking to ban Manchester City from next season's Champions League

UEFA looking to ban Manchester City from next season's Champions League

The New York Times are among the major sources reporting that UEFA have been investigating heavily into the situation surrounding the financial wrongdoings of the club, and seek a ban from the premier European competition if the club is found guilty.

City have denied any financial irregularity and said they welcomed the UEFA investigation "as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails".

The video is thought to have been captured on an aircraft as the club's travelling party returned from a 4-1 Premier League win at Brighton. "The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided to the CFCB IC".

Their statement, published by the Daily Mail, said: "Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC's ongoing investigation".

With the Champions League the one trophy which has alluded Manchester City since their takeover by billionaire Abu Dhabi investors, fans will be desperate that their club hasn't broken any rules.

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City added it was "extremely concerning" that details about the process of the investigation has been leaked to a newspaper, saying that implies the club's "good faith" in the independent panel is "misplaced" or that the "process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club's reputation and its commercial interests".

Financial Fair Play was instituted to impose rules in the game to prevent clubs from spending outside of their means, and to also provide a degree of parity between some of the less financially secure clubs and the expanding list of "super clubs" which exist in Europe, often bankrolled by exceedingly wealthy backers.

A ban from European competition would be something of a disaster for City, and would halt the incredible forward progress they have made under Pep Guardiola.

FIFA, the Premier League and the Football Association (FA) are also undertaking investigations into City's operations in relation to various aspects of the Football Leaks allegations.

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