UEFA has banned Manchester Metropolis from the Champions League for 2 seasons for “critical breaches” of economic rules.
The Abu Dhabi-owned English Premier League champion has additionally been fined 30 million euros ($33 million) in an investigation that was sparked by leaks displaying Metropolis overstated sponsorship income.
The punishment prevents Metropolis from enjoying in any European competitors, together with the Europa League, till the 2022-23 season.
“The adjudicatory chamber, having thought-about all of the proof, has discovered that Manchester Metropolis Soccer Membership dedicated critical breaches of the UEFA Membership Licensing and monetary honest play rules by overstating its sponsorship income in its accounts and within the break-even data submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA mentioned in a press release.
Metropolis mentioned it could enchantment in opposition to the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” course of.
“This can be a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the membership mentioned. “With this prejudicial course of now over, the membership will pursue an neutral judgment as shortly as doable and can subsequently, within the first occasion, start proceedings with the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport on the earliest alternative.”