UEFA are set to recommend that Premier League champions Manchester City receive a Champions League ban following the conclusion of a lengthy investigation into their financial conduct later this week.
The governing body have been investigating City over the past few of months following a number of damaging leaks which revealed alleged rule-breaking from the club, with members of the investigatory chamber of UEFA’s financial control board set to finalise their conclusions soon.
According to the New York Times, the former prime minister of Belgium Yves Leterme will have the final say on the submission which is expected to be a one-season ban from Europe’s premier competition at the very least.
The ban, should it be upheld, would be a massive blow for the Premier League champions given that the Champions League is unquestionably the trophy that the club and its owners desire most, having already won virtually everything there is to win in the domestic game.
Manchester City would still have the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a lengthy legal process is likely, while the club have continually denied any wrongdoing throughout.
“The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false,” City said in a statement earlier this year. “The club’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”
It is also yet unknown as to whether or not the ban would be for the upcoming season or the 2020/21 campaign should it be upheld.
Qualification games for next season’s tournament begin in June, meaning UEFA faces a race against time to finalize a sanction.