Manchester City hit back at UEFA amid Champions League ban threat

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Manchester City have been accused by UEFA of major FFP breaches
Manchester City have been accused by UEFA of main FFP breaches (Image: Getty)

UEFA’s membership monetary management physique chief investigator has referred Manchester City to the adjudicatory chamber for breaches of economic honest play rules, Europe’s governing physique has introduced.

City had been fined £49million and hit with restrictions on switch spending and their Champions League squad after FFP breaches had been initially investigated in 2014, and UEFA started a brand new probe after additional allegations about the identical interval had been made in German publication Der Spiegel final yr, which might, based on the New York Times, lead to a season-long ban from European membership competitors.

‘The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation,’ mentioned a UEFA assertion.

‘The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on 7 March 2019 for potential breaches of Monetary Honest Play (FFP) rules that had been made public in varied media retailers.

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‘UEFA will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber.’

City responded to UEFA’s choice by expressing its disappointment and mentioned it was the results of a ‘wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process’.

‘Manchester City Football Club is disappointed, but regrettably not surprised, by the sudden announcement of the referral to be made by the CFCB IC chief investigator Yves Leterme,’ the Premier League champions mentioned in an announcement posted on the official membership web site.

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Manchester City retained the Premier League title following a win over Brighton at the weekend
Manchester City retained the Premier League title following a win over Brighton at the weekend (Image: Getty)

‘The leaks to media during the last week are indicative of the method that has been overseen by Mr Leterme.

‘Manchester City is fully assured of a constructive consequence when the matter is taken into account by an impartial judicial physique.

‘The accusation of economic irregularities stays fully false and the CFCB IC referral ignores a complete physique of irrefutable proof offered by Manchester City FC to the Chamber.

‘The decision contains mistakes, misinterpretations and confusions fundamentally borne out of a basic lack of due process and there remain significant unresolved matters raised by Manchester City FC as part of what the club has found to be a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process.’

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