With the fallout continuing from Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban following violations of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, the club’s misery has doubled: they could face a points deduction in the Premier League.
Manchester City’s situation has gone from bad to worse. After UEFA made an example of the club by essentially throwing the book at City following violations of Financial Fair Play regulations stemming from misrepresentation of sponsorship revenue, the Premier League could take further action.
According to Bleacher Report, a points penalty is now “highly likely” as UEFA’s allegations also constitute a breach of the domestic league’s rules. As it stands, City have been hit with a £25 million fine, a two-year European ban, and a domestic points deduction, an unprecedented level of punishment.
Should City finish in this season’s top four, their Champions League participation next year will hinge on the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who will hear City’s appeal and decide whether to reduce or uphold the ban. If a decision is not reached by the start of next season (CAS decisions of such magnitude can often be 6-8 month legal proceedings), City can file an injunction and in all likelihood play in next season’s competition.
If the ban is upheld for at least one season, fifth place in the Premier League will reach the Champions League, and if City’s points deduction is severe enough, a top four finish is not guaranteed.
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This situation continues to evolve, and from a City perspective, it goes from bad to worse. The long-term health of the club after this rash decision making is in real doubt, and the means by which City move forward will go a long way in determining whether this team will ever return to its title-winning best.