Manchester City respond to reported UEFA ban Featured

14 May 2019
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Manchester City have hit back over reports they are facing a one-year ban from the Champions League.

The Premier League champions are concerned their “good faith” in UEFA’s investigation into their financial affairs could be “misplaced” following the claims.

UEFA launched a formal investigation into City in March following allegations made by German publication Der Spiegel that the club breached its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The claims were based on documents purportedly obtained by whistleblowers Football Leaks.

City, who secured their fourth Premier League title in eight seasons against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, welcomed the investigation “as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails”.

Their March 7 statement added: “The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false.”

A report by the New York Times on Monday said members of the investigatory chamber (IC) of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body would recommend a one-season ban from the Champions League.

Chief investigator Yves Leterme will pass any recommendation on to UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber, which would have to decide whether it agreed any proposed punishment was suitable.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, City maintained it was cooperating fully with UEFA’s investigation and urged a commitment to due process.

“Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC’s ongoing investigation,” the statement read.

“In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC’s independence and commitment to due process; and on UEFA’s commitment of March 7 that it will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing.

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