UEFA, following the decision of its Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), has banned Manchester United for two years from its all club competitions. The Premier League champions have also been fined € 30 million ($32.5 mn) for the breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play and Club Licensing Regulations.
The CFCB has found Manchester City guilty of “committing serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA has stated.
The club, however, will have the option of going into an appeal against the CFCB orders.
UEFA in a statement has said that “the Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB”.
Manchester City will not be able to compete in any of the UEFA club competitions during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.
“The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS,” UEFA has stated.
Manchester City Women’s Football Club’s involvement in the UEFA Women’s Champions League will not be affected by the UEFA ban.
Man City say they are “disappointed but not surprised” by the verdict, describing the process as “prejudicial”, and will take the case to Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The club has released an official statement. “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by the announcement of 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.
“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 judgement as quickly as possible and will, therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”