The Uefa chief investigator publicly previewed the sanction and outcome of what he intended to deliver to Manchester City before any investigation began back in 2018.
Now the latest news is that English league title holders Man City has committed “serious breaches” of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) reported that Manchester City went foul of the rules by “overstating its sponsorship revenue in it’s accounts”.
The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30m euros (£25m).
The club formally complained to the disciplinary body for Uefa and the complaint was validated by a CAS ruling. At first Uefa process was flawed and leaked causing persons to doubt the results.
“Simply put, this is a case that was started by Uefa, tried by Uefa and judged by them also. The prejudicial process is now over, and the club will go after an impartial judgment as quickly and will commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest time.” Stated an Official.
City was drawn to face Real Madrid in the final 16 of this season’s Champions League, and the first leg will be played on 26 February at the Bernabeu. Javier Tebas, the La Liga President, praised Uefa for “finally taking decisive action”.
“Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football,” he said.
“For years we have been calling for severe action against Paris St-Germain and Manchester City, we have finally had a good example of action and we hope to see more. Better late than never.”