Man City facing 1-season ban from Champions League

Man City facing 1-season ban from Champions League

Manchester City say they have provided "comprehensive proof" of their innocence to the Uefa body investigating allegations of financial fair play irregularities, and the club is expected to contest a referral to Uefa's disciplinary process.

UEFA rules limit cash injections from wealthy owners, and commercial deals such as shirt sponsorship that are suspected of being inflated are assessed for the fair market rate.

Chief investigator Yves Leterme will pass any recommendation on to UEFA's adjudicatory chamber, which would have to decide whether it agreed any proposed punishment was suitable. The AP reported in December that UEFA believed it had been misled by City over income.

"Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC's ongoing investigation", the statement read.

City were successful in their pursuit of a second successive Premier League title on Sunday, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 to finish one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield.

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Already back in 2014, City were handed a £49 million fine for circumventing FFP regulations but were given back £33.4 million of that three years later after meeting the requirements of the sanctions initially imposed on them.

If he does sanction a year-long Champions League ban, given that Man City would nearly certainly appeal, it is unclear it would be able to be enforced in time for next season's competition.

Manchester City have been at the center of a months-long investigation into their financial affairs since since they were named in a damaging series of leaks some months ago.

Since Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan became the controlling owner of the club, Manchester City has been viewed as one of the world's richest clubs and has won four of the last eight Premier League titles.

Earlier this season, Manchester City released a statement denying any misconduct, saying, "The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false".

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