Champions League Two-year ban imposed by UEFA

Sheikh Mansour and Pep Guardiola.
Sheikh Mansour and Pep Guardiola.

The decision taken by UEFA to ban Manchester City from participating in any European competition for two years caused a stir on Friday evening.

We’ve taken a look at what’s likely to follow the decision.

UEFA have exhausted all possible claims, meaning City can now only speak to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Recently, they reduced Chelsea‘s transfer ban to just one window, and their decision should be known before the end of the season.

The president is Yves Leterne, though Spaniard Jacobo Beltran is also involved, as are Yves Wehrli, Konstantin Sonin, Egor Franck and Petra Stanonic.

Yes, the last were AC Milan who were banned for a year. Panathinaikos, Sion and others have also been banned. As many as 15 clubs – CSKA Sofia, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Inter, Roma, Cluj, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain – have been before the CFCB, and some are still being monitored by UEFA.

The accusation began with Etihad’s sponsorship, with the airline controlled by City’s owners. They were on the club’s shirt, they named the stadium and the academy. In 2015/16 their sponsorship reached 75 million euros though it’s value didn’t reach 10 million euros.

If their guilt is proven they could be deducted points domestically.

In 2014 they were hit with a 55 million euro fine and had the cost of signings limited until 2015.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that UEFA cannot reopen a case the sanctioning bodies have already closed. The French club are still being monitored.