If Manchester City thought to be at the top of a wave after winning the Premier League title, they might be on the verge of facing the disaster, while a ban on the Champions League could loom.
Manchester City finished Sunday a defeat in the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over Brighton which gave them their first consecutive title, the first league in a decade.
Hard work is not yet over and dusty for City at the moment, but Pep Guardiola’s men still have to play in an FA Cup final on Saturday against Watford.
If they add the country’s oldest cup to the Premier League and Carabao Cup, they will complete a national hat-trick that has never been achieved before, which is quite impressive.
However, the trophy that the club wants more than any other, the Champions League trophy, still eludes them after another disappointment in the tournament. But people have their eyes on Final, therefore, they have got their Tickets for the Champions League Final.
For the second time, VAR prevented them from qualifying for the semi-finals. They have never gone beyond the four finals and it could be even harder for them.
According to the New York Times, an investigative panel is about to suggest to UEFA that City’s alleged violations of financial fair play justify a one-year ban on the Champions League.
The investigation concerns the club which would have misled the governing body of European football on the cost of certain sponsorships from the United Arab Emirates, such as the country’s airlines, Etihad, sponsoring the club.
It is unclear whether UEFA would consider the panel’s opinion or whether it would put the ban in place for the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons, but if it were for the next season, it would have to act quickly.
Spiegel’s story from the now-famous Footy Leaks stories indicated in November that the Premier League champions broke the rules of the FFP, which led to the investigation.
Any ban on participating in top club competitions in Europe would be a blow to the club, both financially and for its long-term goals.