Even though the soccer ball is dødstille in England, dreaming Manchester City still to participate in the autumn edition of the Champions League.
the Location in the Premier League ranks since also to it, but earlier in the year ruled out of the UEFA Manchesterklubben from the Champions League in two years.
the Verdict was immediately appealed to The International court of arbitration for sport, CAS, in which case now is scheduled from 8. 10. June in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Lose the City, it is not alone the farewell to the Champions League, no doubt it will also entail a huge spillerflugt.
Therefore the club has also lined up a slew of lawyers, and has been almost declared war on UEFA.
The English club, which is owned by the sheiks in Abu Dhabi, will not acknowledge that it has broken the UEFA rules on Financial Fair Play.
When you read the many statements which the sheiks have come through the years, it is clear that they do not care about the Fair Play rules to ensure that clubs have a fairly reasonable balance between revenue and expenditure.
It must not be such that a rich owner uninhibited can shoot many billions into its club in order to be able to buy the best players on the market.
Manchester City has been sentenced in order to pretend that the money from the owners in Abu Dhabi was the revenue from the club's sponsors. Which, incidentally, also in several cases are from Abu Dhabi.
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Manchester City's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the tv, along with the club's ceo Ferran Soriano. They will both fight with UEFA. Photo: Mike egerton/Ritzau Scanpix
in Addition, the club is convicted for non-cooperation with the UEFA's investigators in diverse investigations. It has at the same time cost a fine of 225 million kroner.
It is not the first time, Manchester City is on edge with UEFA's rules. In 2014 the club was convicted of violating the economic rules of the game. The club had in 2012 and 2013, a deficit of 1.3 billion, where the limit was set to a deficit of 330 million dollars.
at the Time, was FIFA's president Gianni Infantino general secretary of UEFA, and he was to ensure that the City escaped with a fine of 430 million dollars. In addition, should the club reduce the Champions League squad from 25 to 21 players. But they were allowed to play in the Champions League.
In the current case have Manchester City, however, not met with the same understanding with UEFA's management.
The English team has not missed any opportunity to speak about a political plot. City's ceo, Ferran Soriano, has in an interview with the club's own television station said that fans can be sure of two things:
- first, that the charges are false and, secondly, that we will do everything to prove it. The club's owners have not transferred money that has not been declared correctly. But right from the beginning we have been considered as culprits, said Soriano.
He believes there has been a hekseproces, where UEFA has initiated the study, has investigated the and ago precipitated the judgment. But it is now a truth with modifications.
It is an independent investigation team, which has been running the case against Manchester City. The former belgian prime minister, Yves Leterme, has led the investigation. With him he has had a team of experts from Spain, Switzerland, USA, Slovenia and England.
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The former belgian prime minister, Yves Leterme, has led the investigation of Manchester City. Here are Leterme is photographed after an election campaign in 2008. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
That the City does not have much to spare for the investigating team, was revealed in a leaked email to the German magazine Der Spiegel in 2018. After a member of UEFA's independent efterforskningsenhed was dead, wrote the City's lawyer Simon Cliff in the mail: ’one down, six to go’.
at the same time said the club's chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, that he would rather spend millions on lawyers in the next 10 years to sue UEFA, than that he will pay a new fine.
We can get we a very long process, if CAS upholds the exclusion of Manchester City from the Champions League. There must be taken a decision in the course of the summer, and certainly before the new Champions League in the autumn. Here is part of the English team in the draw in Monaco 27. august.
Lose the City by the CAS, the club may take the matter to a court in Switzerland, where UEFA has its headquarters. But then there will be certainly no Champions League for Manchester City in 2020-2021. The courts in Switzerland are known to work exceptionally slowly.
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While Manchester City have to contend with UEFA, using the club many millions to buy themselves into clubs all over the world.
it Continues with the same pace, it won't be long before Manchester City Football Club, the Abu Dhabi-owned company is legitimately called, can make its very own world-wide club competition.
Recently, the company has purchased a majority stake in Lommel SK from the second best belgian variety. Currently negotiations are being held about the completely or partially take over AS Nancy from the Ligue 2 in France.
already owns Cityselskabet completely or partially big clubs on four continents. And more may be on the way.
It is a unique position of power, as the only global are challenged by the Red Bull group, which owns clubs in the UNITED states, Austria, Germany and Brazil.
For the City's part, this means the many ownerships, that the group has control over more than 1000 players play in clubs ' academies and førsteholdstrupper.
Here follows the overall picture of the ejerskaberne.:
New York City Football Club, USA
Melbourne City Football Club, Australia
Yokomaha F. Marinos, Japan
Montevideo City Torque, Uruguay
Girona FC, Spain
Sichuan Jiuniu, China
Mumbai City FC, India
Lommel SK, Belgium
Manchester City Football Group in talks to take over AS Nancy, France.
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