MANCHESTER CITY’S Champions League fate has been decided – and it's not good news for Pep Guardiola and Co.
The Premier League reigning champions have been banned from the competition for TWO seasons and fined £25million by Uefa.
It is a dispute that confuses most fans so, here, MARTIN LIPTON explains all…
WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS?
Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.
The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of City emails and letters.
It is understood Uefa determined City were guilty of “cynical” attempts to deceive their financial chiefs.
City — owned by billionaire Sheikh Mansour — have attacked the publication of “illegally hacked and out of context emails” and vehemently protest their innocence.
WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER?
City had asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out the Uefa complaint.
They claimed there was no case to answer and questioned the legitimacy and haste of the investigation. However, CAS judges ruled City’s arguments “inadmissible”.
They pointed out that by asking CAS to intervene before Uefa had made a final decision, City had not “exhausted the legal remedies available prior to the appeal”.
Uefa judges have now ruled that the club will be banned from the Champions League for two seasons and hit with a £25million fine.
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