Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester City 'extremely concerned' over reports of Champions League ban

Manchester City 'extremely concerned' over reports of Champions League ban

City added it was "extremely concerning" that details about the process of the investigation has been leaked to a newspaper, saying that implies the club's "good faith" in the independent panel is "misplaced" or that the "process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club's reputation and its commercial interests".

City issued a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday with concerns that someone said to be close to the investigation, conducted by the investigatory committee (IC) of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), has released information. The final decision is made by Leterme, chairman and chief investigator of Uefa's investigatory chamber.

In the past year, France's Paris Saint-Germain and Italy's AC Milan have avoided sanctions by launching successful legal challenges to Uefa rulings on FFP.

According to, a German website specializing on football transfers, Manchester City's transfer balance since 2008 is -$1.36 billion, outstripping even that of Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain by more than $400 million.

He spent hundreds of millions of pounds to acquire world-class footballers in an effort to turn it into a global megaclub capable of winning the biggest prizes in England and Europe.

Guardiola has had the luxury of making a few disastrous signings and blowing £100m and brushing it off as if he had dropped a penny, but no other club in the Premier League can just spend and spend again if they make transfer mistakes on that scale.

Having also won the League Cup earlier in the campaign, Guardiola's side could complete a first ever domestic treble in English football when they face Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

City's title win was further overshadowed yesterday when a video apparently filmed on the team plane home from the title-clinching 4-1 win at Brighton on Sunday appeared to show a song mocking Liverpool being sung.Both clubs declined to comment.

Jose Mourinho, out of a job since being sacked by Manchester United just before Christmas following their worst start to a season for 28 years, has not been able to resist a dig at both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino, managers of Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham.

PSG forward Neymar was later given a three-match ban after he called the decision "a disgrace" on social media.

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