Manchester City are faced with ban from next season’s UEFA Champions League for allegedly hiding millions in funding to get round tough Uefa transfer rules.
According to the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, the Citizens would know what their punishment is “very soon”.
Cyber Reporters gathered that the ban would be imposed as soon as the 2019/2020 season.
According to top officials in UEFA, Manchester City deliberately four rules and regulations and should face “sporting sanctions” squarely.
The source said: “You can’t hit a club like City with a fine. It has to be something that hurts.
“That means sporting sanctions. Manchester City were punished once before – and that did not stop them. Now it has to be another step up.”
If Pep Guardiola’s team were banned, their UEFA Champions League ticket would be handed over to the fifth-placed team in the English Premier League.
Recall that Turkish giants Galatasaray was handed a one-year-suspension in 2016 for the same FFP breaches.
Documents obtained in November revealed that City had hidden the true source of up to 80 per cent of annual “sponsorship” money from Gulf-based companies.
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Cash from Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi-based investment company Aabah were declared as worth £82m in 2015.
The documents, though, suggest they were actually worth just £11m, with the shortfall made up by Abu Dhabi United Group — run by Sheikh Mansour and the club’s owners.