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Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons

BCBlues

Lend us a Twenner
This appears to have sent my StepDad a bit mental. A minor bit of leg-pulling on my part resulted in a rant from him that included the phrase 'fucking outrageous.' :D :D :D

I will, of course, continue.
Please do. Quote the worst gossip, being dumped into Lge 2, player exodus', Liverpool to have it easy for the next three years :D
 

Voley

AManWithaMulletGoingMadWithaMalletInMillets
Ouch.

Like others have said, I think they'll get the punishment reduced on appeal in the long run but I'd imagine that there are agents going over contracts as we speak ...
 

Badgers

Mr Big Shrimp!
City were estimated to have earned around £86m from their involvement in the Champions League last season while their profit for 2019 was £10m (the same as in 2018), so already it's obvious just how important involvement in European competition is for financial sustainability, which then has a knock-on effect on transfers and player wages.

Given that City's squad will require a substantial degree of rebuilding in the years to come, with the likes of Fernandinho, David Silva and Sergio Aguero all needing to be replaced relatively soon, the ban is likely to dent City's spending power to find elite level successors.
Joel Rabinowitz
 

Voley

AManWithaMulletGoingMadWithaMalletInMillets
I notice Kevin Cummins has lost the plot over this on Twitter too. There seems to be a real burning indignation out there from City fans. I might be looking at this simplistically but City have broken the rules haven't they?
 

BCBlues

Lend us a Twenner
From what I can gather Citys owner has , allegedly, been sponsoring and advertising his own companies (Etihad), trying to get round ffp rules which restrict the money that clubs owners can pump in. City are also deemed to have been not very helpful during the investigations hence the severity of the punishment.
 

The39thStep

Well-Known Member
I notice Kevin Cummins has lost the plot over this on Twitter too. There seems to be a real burning indignation out there from City fans. I might be looking at this simplistically but City have broken the rules haven't they?
Well they were actually cleared originally on the FFP audit. Whats happened is that financial evidence has come to light that shows costs being borne by external companies were actually companies owned by City. Much of this evidence was leaked by Football Leaks, after the initial investigation, to a German paper. UEFA have then gone back to the original investigation used the leaked evidence and obviously upped any punishment due to City allegedly concealing their deceit.
The bloke behind Football leaks is currently in prison facing 90 counts of hacking and possessing 700 million documents and 3.5 terrabytes of information. Liverpools hacking of Citys scouting system apparantly may or may not be in that information and in any case settled out of court after Liverpool admitted liability.
 

BCBlues

Lend us a Twenner
I never knew that about the footy leaks fella The39thStep . I knew he was the prime source of info but not that hes ended up in prison for hacking.
Surely Citys (highly paid) lawyers will be using that as part of their defence surrounding this "kangaroo court" accusation.

Interesting days ahead.
 

The39thStep

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Summary od some of Football Leaks leaks Six remarkable Football Leaks revelations: Neymar, Kante, Firmino - Planet Football
I never knew that about the footy leaks fella The39thStep . I knew he was the prime source of info but not that hes ended up in prison for hacking.
Surely Citys (highly paid) lawyers will be using that as part of their defence surrounding this "kangaroo court" accusation.

Interesting days ahead.
he put some very interesting stuff out including some on Chelsea.
 

BCBlues

Lend us a Twenner
Summary od some of Football Leaks leaks Six remarkable Football Leaks revelations: Neymar, Kante, Firmino - Planet Football

he put some very interesting stuff out including some on Chelsea.
That's a bit of a worry for me to be honest. We have big money available in the background and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we got roped in (again). Fingers crossed eh but it just shows how much football has moved away from the terraces of the Kippax and The Shed into the hands of the rich.
 

The39thStep

Well-Known Member
That's a bit of a worry for me to be honest. We have big money available in the background and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if we got roped in (again). Fingers crossed eh but it just shows how much football has moved away from the terraces of the Kippax and The Shed into the hands of the rich.
Its a bent business across the board tbh. This is an excellent read The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport eBook: Jonathan Clegg, Joshua Robinson: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
 

Wilf

Slouching towards Billingham
Should really be a retrospective punishment. I would suggest docking them 2 points from last seasons PL campaign too.
That would be vindictive and cruel. Personally, I'd go for a minor tweak to their 2012 goal difference. :oldthumbsup:
 

Kaka Tim

Crush the Saboteurs!
barnay roney's from the gruans take - Man City are fucked.

Manchester City now look like a butterfly in danger of having its wings picked off | Barney Ronay

im not sure that "playing beautiful football" is any sort of defence for illegally pumping billions into a football team - giving it a hugely unfair advantage over everyone else. Anything that curbs the pernicious influence of oligarchs and oil fiefdoms over football has got to be a good thing. UEFA should make every club adopt the german model (fan ownership - German football model is a league apart) . Or bring football to socialism and nationalise the lot.
 
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