Manchester city eliminated from European competitions for two years

«Манчестер Сити» исключен из еврокубков на два года

UEFA has suspended Manchester city, whose colors protects the football team of Ukraine Alexander Zinchenko, from participation in European competitions for the next two seasons for violations of financial fair play.

Defending champion England also fined 30 million euros after it was found that the club was misled UEFA and broke the rules of financial fair play. In particular the “my Teams” convicted of inflating their sponsorship income report for 2012 and 2016, which helped the club to circumvent financial fair play. For example, at the end of the season 2015/2016 were reported 81 million euros sponsorship from Etihad, however, according to the investigation by Der Spiegel magazine in 2018, only 9.6 million euros was received from the sponsor, and the remaining amount was allocated by the company of club owner Sheikh Mansour. While Manchester city has always denied all the accusations.

Note that the city may appeal the decision in the Sports arbitration court in Lausanne (CAS). In the meantime, the club made an official statement.

“Our club is disappointed but not surprised today’s UEFA decision. We always insisted that this case should involve an independent body, which detail the arguments on both sides.

In December 2018, the head of the Commission of inquiry publicly announced the future verdict of this case, though by that point the investigation hasn’t even started yet. Multiple leaks to the press just confirms the idea that the decision on this matter has already been made.

In this case, UEFA has acted in the role of Prosecutor and judge. Now this pointless process has come to an end, so our club got the opportunity to appeal to an independent body. We will send the appeal to the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) as soon as possible”, — stated in the message on the official website of “my Teams”.

Recall that in the 1/8 finals of the current Champions League Josep Guardiola’s (pictured) fight with the Spanish “real” (26 February — Madrid, 17 March — Manchester).

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