Manchester City, alongside French giants Paris Saint-Germain, are to have financial restrictions imposed on them after breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
The Manchester club failed to comply with FFP due to sponsorship deals linked with owner Sheikh Mansour. This allowed the club to wipe out debts which would have otherwise meant failing to comply with UEFA's expectations of clubs - a loss no greater than £37 million in a two year window.
City reportedly had debts escalating to £97.7 million in 2012 and £51.6 million last year, however due to sponsorship deals from companies linked to Sheikh Mansour, the club were able to write off spending on youth development and club facilities.
Although neither club nor UEFA have so far commented on the sanctions to be placed on City it is reported, by the Daily Mail, that these will be a squad restriction and a salary wage cap for said squad.
All clubs entering the Champions League name a 25-man strong squad. Details are unclear as to how many players can be registered and the total aggregate cost of the team allowed for those clubs who sanctions will be imposed upon.
These sanctions are offers aimed at the clubs which will be discussed at further meetings held Thursday and Friday by UEFA's club financial control board (CFCB). It is believed at this stage that no other English clubs are part of the 20 teams that are under investigation.
UEFA's sanctions are to help reduce loss through expenditure on players for future seasons, to prevent clubs failing into debt in an attempt to achieve European glory - a circumstance both Leeds United and Bayer Leverkusen have fallen foul of in recent times.
Restricting clubs may not be ideal, but UEFA see this as the only step forward to reduce debt in football. Although the penalties may appear harsh, Michel Platini has stated that no club will be removed from competition for breaking FFP.
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