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UK: Fans react as Man City banned from Champions League for 2 years

United Kingdom, Manchester
February 16, 2020 at 04:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Manchester City fans reacted on Saturday to the news that their team has been banned from the Champions League for the next two years, due to "serious breaches" of financial regulations by UEFA.

"I'm actually worried in case we lose Guardiola and a few of the top players. I mean, is Kevin de Bruyne going to stay in Manchester City if he can't play in the Champion League? I'm more worried about losing players than not playing in the Champions League," said a supporter, who expressed the hope that City will win the Champions League this year.

Others believed the decision was unfair. "You've got PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid that are spending absolute fortunes as well. I personally think there's a bit of a vendetta against City," another added.

The reigning Premier League champions have been accused of overstating their sponsorship revenue in their accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016 by European football's governing body.

The verdict was issued on Friday after an extensive investigation. City was also fined 32.4 million US dollars (29.9 million Euros) for the breach, as UEFA's Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found City guilty of serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

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Manchester City fans reacted on Saturday to the news that their team has been banned from the Champions League for the next two years, due to "serious breaches" of financial regulations by UEFA.

"I'm actually worried in case we lose Guardiola and a few of the top players. I mean, is Kevin de Bruyne going to stay in Manchester City if he can't play in the Champion League? I'm more worried about losing players than not playing in the Champions League," said a supporter, who expressed the hope that City will win the Champions League this year.

Others believed the decision was unfair. "You've got PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid that are spending absolute fortunes as well. I personally think there's a bit of a vendetta against City," another added.

The reigning Premier League champions have been accused of overstating their sponsorship revenue in their accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016 by European football's governing body.

The verdict was issued on Friday after an extensive investigation. City was also fined 32.4 million US dollars (29.9 million Euros) for the breach, as UEFA's Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) found City guilty of serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

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