Manchester City Crushes Girona's Dream in the Champions League!

UEFA Regulations Settle the Debate
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Girona qualified for the Champions League for the first time in its history, after securing one of the top four places in the Spanish League.

But the Spanish club risks not being able to actually play in the competition, as it belongs to City group, which already controls Manchester City, which in turn has qualified for the Champions League.

Article 5 of the UEFA Champions League Regulations states that to ensure the integrity of the competitions, no club participating in the UEFA Club Competition may, directly or indirectly, own or trade the securities or shares of any other club participating in the UEFA Club Competition. ; To be a member of any other club participating in the UEFA Club Competition.

The second paragraph of Article 5 also states that “If two or more clubs do not meet the criteria for ensuring the integrity of the competition, only one of them may be admitted to the UEFA Club Competition, in accordance with the following criteria (applied in descending order):

The club that finishes best in the domestic league qualifies by gaining access to the relevant UEFA club competition; The club whose association ranks first in the entry lists.

Paragraph 3 states that “a club that is not accepted into the competition shall be replaced by the second best team in the league, provided that the new club meets the eligibility criteria.”

According to UEFA's criteria, Girona will be excluded for the time being, because the priority is the team that won access to the Champions League with the best finish in the league.

Girona currently sits second in La Liga, while Manchester City could win the Premier League, and even if Pep Guardiola's side finish second, they will qualify for the Champions League with England ahead of Spain in the country rankings.