Man City fans protest FFP punishment with banners at Etihad Stadium vs West Ham

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Manchester City fans displayed banners at the Etihad Stadium saying “UEFA Mafia” and “UEFA cartel” in their first game since UEFA’s Champions League ben was confirmed.

Pep Guardiola’s side were banned from European competitions by the organisation after they were accused of breaching FFP rules.

Last week’s conclusion sparked a furious reaction from fans.

And that has continued at the Etihad Stadium for their rescheduled game against the Hammers.

Banners have been spotted in the South Stand reading “UEFA Mafia” and “UEFA Cartel”.

While supporters at the ground have also been heard singing: “We’ll see you in court.

“We’ll see you in court.

“F*** off UEFA, we’ll see you in court.”

Snaps of the banners quickly emerged on Twitter – but another image to do the rounds was the wave of blue around the ground.

Thousands of empty seats have been seen at City’s stadium for they Wednesday night clash with the relegation battlers.

The Citizens received a two-season ban from UEFA competitions last Friday at the end of a lengthy investigation by the organisation that started in 2018.

It has seen the domestic treble holders’s owner Sheikh Mansour accused of funding sponsorship deals for the club through Etihad Airways.

And UEFA announced on Tuesday that further investigations into funding from Abu Dhabi could still take place.

The news has seen the club’s star players, as well as boss Guardiola, have their futures thrown into doubt.

And rival fans took the chance to lay into the Premier League champions as images of protesting and empty seats emerged.

“Just look at all those empty seats,” one said.

“Shocking support.”

Another commented: “The amount of empty seats at Man City is absolutely disgraceful and laughable.”

While a third held nothing back.

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“Embarrassing how they call themselves a big club,” they said.

“No other team would have so many empty seats.”

And a fourth simply added: “This should be full of defiant supporters – embarrassing.”

It comes as City’s relegation from the Premier League has been called for by Simon Jordan.

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