Manchester City Could Get Points Deduction And Even Relegation To League Two
Manchester City's two year ban for European competition, handed out by UEFA, might not be the end of their punishment as they face a possible points deduction, and maybe worse.
The club were banned on Friday night from the Champions League and Europa League for the next two seasons, and handed a €30 million fine, for 'seriously breaching' Financial Fair Play Regulations.
City are said to have 'overstated its sponsorship revenue in accounts' and aren't out of the woods with their ban as the Premier League will also be forced to act.
As per the Independent, league committees have already been in discussions about the current champions' punishment and a points deduction is 'highly likely.'
The issue is because to get a Premier League license clubs have to submit the same information that they have to submit to UEFA.
If that information to the European governing body wasn't true then it'll be the same for the league and, despite having more flexible FFP regulations, they would likely still be in breach.
Whilst a points deduction is seen as likely relegation is possible but unlikely. The Football League recently changed its rules to mean any club in similar breach would have to start in League Two but the Premier League doesn't have that rule in place.
City are already lining up a high profile appeal against their Champions League ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as they look to overturn the ban.
A legal battle against any Premier League sanction in unlikely to come up against as much opposition with the club currently 22 points behind league leaders Liverpool and, should the UEFA ban not be overturned, no reason to fight for European place.
The ban in the Champions League, and Europa League, has left a question mark hanging over manager Pep Guardiola, with many believing the former Barcelona boss will walk away at the end of the season.
Success in Europe with the current English champions is the one thing missing from his time in the country and an inability to compete in the competitions for the next two years, with only one year left of his deal, could see him walk away.
City face Real Madrid in the last 16 of this season's competition and with no title in the league to chase there's an even bigger chance they'll put all their energy for the remainder of this campaign into winning the Champions League.