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. That means that this season he will continue playing the Champions League and therefore, on the last Wednesday of February he will arrive at Santiago Bernabéu to face Real Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16.
The penalty does not affect this season, at least materially. Another thing is with what mentality players and technicians are going to face a competition that they know that, unless there is a reduction in sanction or they change teams, they will not play next season.
They can take it as if it were the last chance and leave their lives in it or it may be an excessive burden of responsibility for a club made of millions that runs out of the great European window. It is not known how it will affect them.
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“If Manchester City exercises that right, the explanation of the decision taken by the Chamber of Awards will not be published until the decision of the TAS,” he adds.