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Manchester City Premiership status in danger,as they face FA point deduction

Manchester City Premiership status in danger,as they face FA point deduction

Manchester City are ‘highly likely’ to face a Premier League points deduction this season after they were punished by UEFA.Depending on the points deducted,the club could be staring relegation in the face.

City have been banned from participating in the Champions League for two years and also received a £25million fine for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

As reported by The Independent, the Premier League will be forced to act due to its own licensing, which pertains to UEFA’s FFP rules.

UEFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber found that City overstated its sponsorship revenue.

Although City’s Champions League ban could be overturned, that is unlikely to be the case for any punishment that they face from the Premier League.

The report indicates that Premier League committees had already discussed potential punishments in the event that UEFA punished City.

Any points deduction doesn’t hinder their title hopes or put them in danger of relegation. City are currently in second place in the Premier League on 51 points, 22 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool. They are also 27 points above the relegation zone.

The reigning English champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016.

City won their first title in 2012 and their second in 2014, both within the time period UEFA adjudicated upon.

Questions may also be raised over the future of manager Pep Guardiola, his players and potential signings.

Sportsmail understands that club officials contacted Guardiola on Friday afternoon and his players individually to make them aware of the coming announcement.

City say they will appeal against the decision at the earliest opportunity via the Court of Arbitration for Sport. They accused UEFA of ‘initiating, prosecuting and judging’ the case and say they are not surprised at the outcome.

UEFA launched a probe after documents published in German media suggested the club had falsely inflated sponsorship deals with firms linked to their Abu Dhabi ownership.

A UEFA statement said: ‘The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of €30million.’

City reacted furiously to the development and say they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

A searing statement released by the club said: ‘Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.

The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

‘In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.

‘The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.

‘The club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.

‘Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.

‘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.’mm,

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