UEFA announced Friday that Manchester City will not be able to participate in the next two seasons in European competitions and will have to pay a fine of 30 million euros for “committing serious violations” in the licensing regulations of that body and in the financial limits.
The UEFA Chamber of Awards has considered, once all the evidence has been reviewed, that the City has “committed serious infringements in UEFA’s licensing regulations and regulations relating to financial fair play, by exaggerating its benefit from sponsors of the information transmitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016 “.
In addition, this agency has accused the City of not cooperating in the investigation of the case.
“The Chamber of Awards has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City that include the exclusion of participating in UEFA competitions in the next two seasons (2020-2021 and 2021-2022) and the payment of a fine of 30 million euros ) “he points out.
This decision may be appealed by the City to the Court of Sports Arbitration (TAS).
“If Manchester City exercises that right, the explanation of the decision taken by the Chamber of Awards will not be published until the decision of the TAS,” he adds.
Before this announcement, Manchester City responded quickly with a statement in which he was “disappointed, but not surprised“.
“The club He has always longed for the main need to seek an independent body and process to treat impartially the entire body of irrefutable evidence to support his position“, explains the City in a note sent to the media.
“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly anticipated the result and the penalty he intended to impose on Manchester City, even before beginning any type of investigation. The consequent process, defective and constantly leaked by UEFA, that he himself supervised, left little doubt about what the final outcome would be. The club submitted a formal complaint to the UEFA disciplinary body, a complaint that was validated by a TAS ruling, “the English club emphasizes.
The City complains that it has been a “case initiated by UEFA, processed by UEFA and tried by UEFA.”
“With this discriminatory process now concluded, the Club will try to get an impartial trial with the maximum possible speed and, therefore, in the first instance will initiate proceedings before the Court of Sports Arbitration as soon as possible,” he announces.
This decision does not affect the current season of Manchester City, in which he is qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League, in which he will face Real Madrid.
The sanction comes after an investigation carried out by the German newspaper Der Spiegel in which confidential emails of the owner of the City, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, were revealed, in which it was shown that he financed, through his airline, Etihad, the sponsorships of the City, stadium and academy t-shirt.
One of those emails revealed that only part of the funding came from Etihad, while the rest was provided by another of Mansour’s companies, the Abu Dhabi United Group.
This would go against UEFA’s fair financial game adapted in 2011 and that tries to prevent club owners from investing in their teams without any limits.