Man City hit back at UEFA probe; question leaks to press

Annette Crawford
May 15, 2019

For all their domestic domination in recent years, European success is the one thing that still eludes oil-rich Manchester City.

UEFA launched a formal investigation into City in March following allegations made by German publication Der Spiegel that the club breached its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Manchester City, the now back-to-back Premier League champions, could be facing a minumum 1 year ban from the UEFA Champions League - if UEFA get their way.

City released a statement Tuesday saying the club has provided "comprehensive proof" that it did not break financial regulations, but the person said the Champions League ban is being pursued by UEFA financial investigators, confirming a New York Times report. The investigatory panel's leader will ultimately make the final decision regarding whether or not the club is punished and how severe the punishment winds up being.

According to the New York Times, investigators for the European governing body have chose to push for at least a one-season ban from the competition, after a meeting at its Swiss headquarters two weeks ago.

However, the club would still likely compete in next season's Champions League if a ban was applied as they would nearly certainly seek to appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City did become Premier League champions just 3 days ago, and will have to celebrate with a slight feeling of fear in the back of their minds over this investigation.

"The accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false", Manchester City announced in a statement earlier in the season.

One of the allegations is that money received by Manchester City disguised as sponsorship payments was in fact pumped in by the Abu Dhabi United Group which owns the club, outlawed under Financial Fair Play rules.

The person also said the Premier League champions have not been cooperating with the investigation when they have been asked about information in leaked documents.

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