How Manchester City's Champions League Ban Will Effect The Premier League
Manchester City's Champions League ban means fifth place in the Premier League will earn Champions League qualification.
That means that City, who are highly likely to finish in the top four this season, will forfeit their place in next season's Champions League.
This means fifth place in the Premier League will qualify for next season's competition.
City's ban applies to the club rather than the league meaning there will still be four English teams in the Champions League.
Fifth place in Premier League should get a Champions League spot if Man City's ban stands.
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This offers a variety of clubs a lifeline when it comes to qualification, including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
It also offers an opportunity for Sheffield United to complete the unlikeliest of achievements.
Chris Wilder's side earned promotion from the Championship last season and many tipped them for an immediate return.
But 'The Blades' currently sit in fifth and are two points ahead of Spurs going into the second half of the season.
Everton and Wolves could also make a late charge as well as Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, who's Champions League hopes looked bleak.
City were found guilty by UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) of having falsely inflated sponsorship revenues when submitting their FFP complacence process.
The investigation was started following 'leaked' emails and documents by German magazine Der Spiegel in November 2018.
In a statement, UEFA said the Premier League champions "overstated its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016".
The Spaniard's deal expires in 2021 and many had speculated he may not renew his contract before the ban was announced.
It will certainly be an interesting few months at the Etihad Stadium.
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