Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for two seasons for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.
The stunning news came out on Friday evening, with UEFA confirming a ban from the European competition for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons and a €30 million fine.
City responded with a statement on their website announcing their intentions to fight the ban.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the statement read.
“With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
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The massive news means, of course, that the side that finishes fifth in the Premier League this season will earn a spot in the Champions League, providing City finish in the top four.
And the fifth-placed spot in the top flight is currently occupied by Sheffield United.
So, if the ban is upheld and the Blades finish fifth, they will be playing in the Champions League next season.
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