Manchester City Banned From Champions League For 2 Seasons

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Manchester City Banned From Champion League For 2
English champions Manchester City has been barred from the Champions League for the next two seasons and has been fined $32.5 million for “serious breaches” of the European soccer’s financial regulations.

European football’s governing body UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) announced on Friday that the club has been found guilty of multiple violations related to club licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, designed to prevent overspending on players in the pursuit of success.

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City, owned by the United Arab Emirates, is one of the world’s wealthiest football clubs. 

Shortly after the ruling, City said it was “disappointed but not surprised” by the "prejudicial" decision and that it would appeal it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a body considered the ultimate arbiter of global sports disputes.

Manchester City said in a statement: "Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber. The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position."

It added: "In December 2018, the Uefa chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

"The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked Uefa process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The club has formally complained to the Uefa disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

"Simply put, this is a case initiated by Uefa, prosecuted by Uefa and judged by Uefa. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity," read the club's statement.

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