UEFA are trying to ban Manchester City from the Champions League

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Pep Guardiola will be under no illusions as to what his target is for next season. 

Manchester City have won back-to-back Premier League titles and are on the verge of completing a historic domestic treble. 

That's something that's never been achieved in English football thus far, but the ultimate prize continues to elude the club. 

Last month, the Citizens were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, and arguably in the most agonising way possible as Raheem Sterling's stoppage-time goal against Tottenham was disallowed via VAR. 

Much like PSG, the super-rich are also expected to compete in Europe. 

Yet it's exactly those riches that are proving a problem. 

The New York Times report that UEFA are looking to ban City from the competition following an investigation. 

It's alleged that the club misled the authorities about their spending. 

Members of UEFA's financial control board met to discuss if and how they should be punished if found guilty, and a suspension is now seriously being discussed. 

The ban would be in effect for at least one season. As yet, it's unclear whether it would come in for the 2019/20 campaign or the season after that. 

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Any sanctions would need to be imposed by June, when the Champions League qualifiers begin, so that City would be able to mount an appeal. They deny any wrongdoing. 

The newspaper's report explains: 

"The files are said to include emails and internal club documents showing efforts by City to circumvent UEFA’s financial fair-play regulations by masking cash infusions from a United Arab Emirates state-backed investment company through inflated sponsorship agreements with entities including the U.A.E.’s national airline, Etihad."

City's battle with UEFA has been ongoing for quite some time. 

It's the reason many supporters at the Etihad boo the Champions League anthem ahead of European games.

Just when it seemed like nothing could dampen City's mood in the wake of a fourth Premier League title, what a blow this could be to their ever-increasing aspirations. 

Would a Champions League ban be too harsh on City? Have your say in the comments. 

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