Good news for Manchester United as they are set to play in UEFA Champions League next season, Manchester City could reportedly face a Champions League ban if they are found guilty of financial irregularities. The Premier League champions have been under investigation by a regulatory committee over a series of leaks into their financial conduct.
Officials from UEFA’s financial control board are set to submit their findings and will reportedly push for at least a one-year ban from Europe’s premier competition. It remains to be seen quite how hard UEFA come down on City but a potential suspension would likely open the door for another Premier League club.
Should they miss out, Arsenal would be the most likely to fill City’s spot in next season’s Champions League through their Premier League position.
But victory for the Gunners in Baku could potentially see City’s rivals United be drafted in.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended the season in sixth, although it is unclear if UEFA would instead give City’s spot to another domestic competition.
As things stand, City will be joined in next season’s Champions League by Liverpool , Tottenham and Chelsea . Arsenal and Manchester United missed out but the former could still qualify through the Europa League. Unai Emery’s men ended the season in fifth spot but face Chelsea in Baku later this month, knowing victory will secure their place.
Pep Guardiola’s side can secure a historic treble when they take on Watford at Wembley in the FA Cup final this weekend. City have already won the Premier League and Carabao Cup and victory on Saturday will mean they have claimed five of the last six domestic trophies.
A UEFA panel investigating financial allegations concerning @ManCity are expected to recommend the club receive a one-year ban from the Champions League, according to Sky sources.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 14, 2019