Journalism of Courage

UEFA Investigators Set to Recommend Banning Manchester City from Champions League

A UEFA investigation panel into the practices of Manchester City Football Club has reportedly recommended the Premier League champions be banned from the Champions League, according to report in the New York Times.

City have already been under investigation following allegations that they “misled European soccer’s financial regulators.” The club was found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations in 2014 when they were also fined £49 million and had their Champions League squad reduced as punishment.

The New York Times wrote that an investigatory panel led by former prime minister of Belgium, Yves Leterme, would decide on its submission to a separate adjudicatory chamber, which could happen this week.

It’s said the chamber is seeking at least a one-season European ban for City, who defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 on Sunday to win back-to-back Premier League titles for the first time in their history.

Journalist Rory Smith highlighted the pressure on UEFA, European football’s governing body, to ensure this example doesn’t set a precedent if it’s found City have breached FFP regulations again:

 

 

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