Manchester City have been handed a two-year European ban, and fined £25m for a breach of FFP rules. The ruling will have huge ramifications on other clubs in England, and Europe, but how will it affect Aston Villa, City’s League Cup final opponents, and the FA Cup winners?
City’s ban means they cannot compete in either the Champions League or the Europa League for the next two season – although they are appealing the decision and are confident of overturning it.
However in the meantime other clubs will be dreaming of taking their spot. City are almost certain to finish inside the Champions League places this term meaning the fifth place side could qualify for the Champions League.
And City have also made it into the Carabao Cup final, and are still in the FA Cup.
But rather than a straight path for Aston Villa in the League Cup, they would still have to beat City on March 1 to qualify.
Defeat for Villa would mean the next highest-placed Premier League side would qualify instead of City.
The same is the case in the FA Cup, if City were to win it the spot would go to the next-best Premier League side who have not already qualified rather than a losing finalist.
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City though are confident of overturning the decision and are heading for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
‘Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” a statement read last night.
“The Club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun.
“The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver.
“The Club has formally complained to the UEFA Disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling.
“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
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