Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City respond to UEFA ban reports

Manchester City respond to UEFA ban reports

But The New York Times report that Premier League champions Manchester City could be banned from the Champions League next season.

City have raised concerns about the integrity of the UEFA investigation into their financial dealings after reports emerged that they are facing a ban from the Champions League.

Members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA's financial control board met two weeks ago in Switzerland to finalise their conclusions, the New York Times said, adding the body is expected to seek at least a one-season ban.

City were successful in their pursuit of a second successive Premier League title on Sunday, beating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-1 to finish one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield. The implications are that either Manchester City's good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the Club's reputation and its commercial interests.

UEFA investigators have been looking into details published by German newspaper Der Spiegel to ascertain whether City contravened their regulations.

And the Mirror report that, should City be given a ban, then UEFA may hand their spot to United.

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In 2014, City reached a settlement agreement with UEFA after breaching spending rules and paid a conditional fine of 49 million pounds and accepted restrictions on incoming transfers.

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 not offer a comment when contacted by Sportsmail.

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.

City have denied breaking any Fair Play rules, saying in a statement released early this season that "the accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false".

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