On the final day of the Premier League season, as Manchester City were crowned champions, the final whistle was swiftly followed by a jubilant, and seemingly interminable, pitch invasion.
For a substantial amount of time, the Etihad Stadium turf was a sea of blue as flares sparked and supporters mobbed players.
A pair of forward-looking City supporters ignored the celebratory antics and held up a banner reading "Up Yours UEFA", a stance City followed when UEFA's Investigatory Chamber of Club Financial Control Body announced the club had breached Financial Fair Play rules.
Upon their fine of £50m, City confirmed that they would "break even as planned" by the end of the financial year, yet the restrictions imposed upon them are detrimental.
Their Champions League squad for next season will be reduced from 25 to 21 while club chiefs will have freeze the club's wage structure and cut expenditure in the transfer market, and rightly so.
When City purchased the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and David Silva, they were aware of the potential ramifications.
Following a warning delivered by UEFA, City continued to disregard the regulations, attempting to outbid Manchester United for the services of Robin van Persie.
Yet, the restrictions imposed by European football's governing body have disregarded City's investment in the local community and their developing academy.
"Operating with no debt, the club is realising its' football and commercial opportunities whilst continuing unprecedented investments in both youth development and the local community", read City's club statement.
Their academy glows with potential.
Against Al Ain on Thursday, Marcos Lopes, Sinan Bytyqi and Jordi Hiwala shone, and coached by Patrick Viera, City have developed their academy.
Yet, their financial wrong-doings deserve sanctions, and rightly so.
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