Manchester City could be banned from Champions League

Incredible turn of events for Man City

Manchester City could be banned from competing in the Champions League by UEFA following allegations from Der Spiegel in 2018.

The Cityzens are currently under investigation, with both the Premier League and UEFA looking into leaks from Der Spiegel suggesting they had deceived the latter over sponsorship income.

It was suggested by the German outlet that City had only received £8million of the supposed £67.5m meant to come in from Abu Dhabi company Etihad from a sponsorship deal.

The rest of the money actually came from owner Sheikh Mansour through his own Abu Dhabi company.

They also claimed that this wasn’t the only time that figures had been manipulated.

Now, if they are found guilty of this, Uefa FFP investigator Yves Leterme has claimed that City could be banned from the Champions League.

 

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“This can lead to the heaviest punishment – exclusion from Uefa competitions”

Leterme, as quoted by Belgian magazine Sport and Strategy and cited by the Independent, explained what could happen if they are found guilty.

“If what has been written about Manchester City is true, there might be a serious problem,” he explained.

“This can lead to the heaviest punishment – exclusion from Uefa competitions.

“If the (Der Spiegel) information is correct, this goes against the truthful reporting of financial affairs.”

Manchester City obviously dismissed the reports and the outcome of an investigation couple prove their innocence.

However, should they be found guilty of manipulating figures, Pep Guardiola and his players could find themselves in a very difficult position.

Benjamin Mendy

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates victory with Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Benjamin Mendy was mistaken for a pitch invader after Man City beat Liverpool

In the immediate future, Manchester City are in the hunt for consecutive Premier League titles.

Guardiola’s side are battling it out with Liverpool and Spurs for top spot and took on the former on Thursday evening.

They came out on top with a 2-1 win but there were also headlines being made after the full-time whistle.

That is because Benjamin Mendy was mistaken for a pitch invader by stewards!

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