MANCHESTER CITY’S Premier League rivals want the club to be punished domestically over their incredible Financial Fair Play breach after they were banned from the Champions League.
The reigning English champions were hit with a two-year suspension from European competition and a £25million fine after being found guilty of serious FFP breaches.
City were found guilty by Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) of falsely inflating their sponsorship revenues when submitting accounts as part of the FFP compliance process.
As a result, they were not only hit in the pocket, but also hit where it really hurts – being told they won’t be a part of the Champions League for the next two seasons.
Despite the severe punishment, some Premier League clubs are said to be frustrated that Man City’s punishment only extended to the Champions League, according to the Athletic.
The report claims a number of teams were contacted and they insisted City must be punished.
But the frustration doesn’t just stem from the club’s breaking of the rules, but also that their serious overpaying inflated the market to such a level they themselves were forced to pay over the odds for players.
Premier League teams are also said to be angered by Man City‘s “aggressive PR” in their reluctance to accept their rule breaching.
While many Prem sides want City to be penalised domestically, they believe relegating them to be a step too far.
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At the time of the ban being announced, it was reported that the Etihad side could, in theory, drop down to League Two – although that is virtually impossible.
While some clubs are demanding City be punished in line with their European ban, others are said to be asking the Premier League to have their own say.
Meanwhile, Man City are confident their ban will be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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