UEFA's sanction prohibits City from participating in any European competitions for the next two seasons and includes a €30 million (£24.9m) fine for "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play regulations.
BREAKING: Manchester City have been banned from European competitions in 2020/21 and 2021/22 by UEFA.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 14, 2020
A statement on Man City's official website reads as follows:
"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber. 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."
According to Sam Lee of the Athletic, this decision comes as a shock to City.
Stunned at City CL ban (2 seasons). Decision was due in December, everything indicated (on several sides) no ban. Big delay and now this 180. One thing I would say is that part of noise from top level at City was that they’re confident of no ban, even if it means they overturn it— Sam Lee (@SamLee) February 14, 2020
We will have more reaction to this huge breaking story as it emerges.
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