Manchester City hit with 2-year ban

English side Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons and received a £25million fine by UEFA.

The reigning English Premier League champions have been found guilty of breaking Financial Fair play rules imposed by European football’s governing body.

In November 2018, German magazine Der Spiegel leaked emails and documents that indicated how Manchester City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, was funding a sponsorship deal by using money belonging to the Abu Dhabi United Group.

This damning verdict means that if Pep Guardiola’s team finishes the season in the top four, the club that finishes fifth in the league will qualify for the Champions League.