New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Union of European Football Association has banned Manchester City for two upcoming seasons of the Champions League for breaching club licensing and financial fair play regulations. The Champions of English Premier League (EPL) 2019-20 have also been fined USD 33 million by the football governing body.

UEFA's independent Adjudicatory chamber of Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) conducted the probe in the case and found the popular club MCFC guilty of serious breaches by "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016."

"The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB," it added.

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In a statement, the regulatory body said, "Following a hearing held on 22 January 2020, the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by Jose da Cunha Rodrigues, has today notified Manchester City Football Club of the final decision on the case which was referred by the CFCB Chief Investigator."

The ruling would ban Man City from competing in 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

Replying to the decision, the football club said, "Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber," adding, "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."

The club has the chance to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right, the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS," UEFA said.

Posted By: James Kuanal