Manchester City Facing a Costly UEFA Champions League Ban

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

They sang about Liverpool's Champions League final loss a year ago, Vincent Kompany injuring Mohamed Salah and saying they were "battered in the streets".

Parry declined to comment yesterday when asked if he was one of the investigatory chamber members on the City case, or whether he considered there to be any conflict of interest that might lead to him recusing himself.

English soccer authorities and UEFA officials been investigating Manchester City after allegations surfaced following the publication of Football Leaks revelations.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is just one victory away from accomplishing an incredible feat in England, one even the world's most decorated manager, former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, failed to achieve. It is alleged that money was funnelled into the club by a United Arab Emirates based investment company, which bypassed FFP rules by inflating the terms of sponsorship agreements. City could also appeal any decision, via the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

City have denied breaking any Fair Play rules, saying in a statement released early this season that "the accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false".

"Manchester City's published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record". The Champions League is a major revenue stream for City and many other clubs, and losing that for an entire season could be costly for their future ventures. Klopp's team has reached the final of the Champions League where they will compete with Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.

But, despite Man City being criticised, it appears they have escaped punishment.

If found guilty, City could be excluded from European competition but no timescale regarding the investigation has been made public and the club are angered by reports UEFA investigators will recommend a ban.