Manchester City recorded their European rivals' financial activities during their investigation

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Manchester City are in real trouble at the moment.

The Citizens were found guilty from UEFA of 'serious' breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) from 2012-2016.

As well as a £25m fine, they've also been given a two-year ban from European football, which could prove disastrous.

Man City have nine more days to appeal their ban and they have already announced their intentions to do so.

"This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA," their 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."

So on what grounds do they intend to appeal this ban?

The Athletic have gone into detail on what City will do now and it appears they intend to take their European rivals' down with them.

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Paris Saint-Germain, who have spent ridiculous amounts of money in the past and have not been punished, will likely be a key talking point in their appeal.

Their reports reads: "It is likely they will use the result of an investigation against Paris Saint-Germain.

"This was eventually dismissed when the same UEFA prosecutor who has acted in this case, Yves Leterme, decided that the vale of PSG's sponsorship were more or less at the value tat PSG declared - despite an independent valuation suggesting they were worth much less.

"Even other key figures at UEFA were understood to have been alarmed by that decision and City are sure to have monitored it."

They have also recorded the financial activities of all their European rivals' and intend to publish their findings.

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"City have also kept a studious eye on their European rivals' financial activities since they have been under investigation.

"They have been taking notes on transfer expenditure, on clubs receiving extra funds from sponsors and they could well argue that what they have been accused of doing is no worse than what others are doing."

So it seems that if City are going down, they intend to take their rivals down with them.

Of course, they are only doing this to prove that they have been doing nothing out of the ordinary.

But, if it is decided that City are still in the wrong, it could potentially lead to other clubs that have had similar financial dealings to be punished too.

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