Man City banned; all you need to know
The Premier League champions’ quest for the UEFA Champions league might be over for the next two seasons
English club Man City have been banned from all UEFA Competitions for the next two years. A fine of £24.9m has also been imposed alongside the ban.
They have been punished after being found guilty of breaching the UEFA Club licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations.
However, the matter stays still in the hanging, as UEFA clearly mentioned in their announcement that if Manchester City exercises their right to appeal against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) then the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS.
Hacker exposed Man City
A Portuguese national named Rui Pinto, who has 90 different charges of hacking on him and is also responsible for getting out the football leaks is the whistle blower exposing them.
The leaks were used by UEFA to find out the insides of Man City’s financial fair play breach evidence and punish them. Pinto is in prison right now, facing charges of multiple hacking counts.
City to appeal to Court of Arbitration of Sports
In the club’s official statement post this verdict, the Blues expressed that they are ”dissapointed but not surprised” by the decision.
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber. 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 judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
If UEFA’s verdict stays imposed on Manchester City, then the team finishing 5th in the Premier League will automatically get a Champions League spot. This could also result in the manager and players leaving the club, for time in European football.