Manchester City have been handed a two-year ban from UEFA from the Champions League in a punishment never seen before
UEFA have handed Manchester City a two-season ban from the Champions League.
The Etihad outfit have also been fined €30m (£24.9m) after serious breaches to Financial Fair Play regulations.
It follows a hearing held on 22 January between the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) which informed the club of their decision today.
City have stated that they will appeal the punishment, which will surely have a huge impact on the club.
What it means for the rest of the Premier League could also be beneficial for the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham chaisng a spot in next year’s European competition.
The punishment alludes to City providing misleading information to UEFA over finances.
City responded strongly by stating that they will appeal the decision from UEFA.
It read: “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.”
City face Real Madrid in their Champions League campaign this year, with the first leg taking place on 26 February.
It means even if Pep Guardiola wins the prestigious competition, the Etihad outfit will not be participating next season or the year after.
They will also not be able to play in the Europa League for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
However, an appeal will likely see the punishment suspended though this will cause huge ruptures at the club.
Investment in the side has been enormous since the arrival of the Sheikh Mansour in 2008.
The key objective has always been to win the Champions League, the main reason for bringing in Guardiola.
But in terms of revenue, sponsorship and transfers, the ban could prove to have a gigantic ripple effect.