UEFA hit club hard

European ban could cost Manchester City £170m

Future: Pep Guardiola (pic: SNS Group)

Manchester City are set to miss out on more than £170million after being banned by UEFA from European competition for two seasons for “serious breaches” of its Financial Fair Play rules.

In a move which has stunned the world of football, the English champions were also fined £25m (30 million Euros) for their transgressions.

Despite last season’s Champions’ League campaign reportedly earning City £86m, the club’s profit was just £10m, highlighting the potential costly nature of the suspension.

The ban, which City are to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, could also throw into doubt the future of boss Pep Guardiola and a host of his star players as they consider life without European involvement.

The former Barcelona manager, who has a break clause in his contract which could allow him to leave in the summer, has always stated he trusted the club’s owners when they told him they had done nothing wrong when the issue initially surfaced.

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