Pep Guardiola's Manchester City could be banned from the UEFA Champions League for a season if UEFA investigators find the Premier League champions guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
According to the US newspaper The New York Times, a team led by chief investigator and former Belgian prime minister Yves Leterme has been tasked with investigating potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations made by the Citizens.
It was alleged that the Citizens had contravened FFP guidelines by reportedly inflating the value of their sponsorship deals.
While a decision is yet to be made by chief investigator Leterme, it is believed the team will recommend a season-long Champions League ban to UEFA.
While City have vehemently denied any claims of wrongdoing, they have broken FFP rules before, having been fined £49 million (R892 million) in 2014 for a previous breach of the FFP laws.
Should the Premier League champions be found guilty and be hit with the one-season ban, they would be allowed to appeal any sanction imposed on them, which is said to be unlikely to come into effect prior to the 2020/21 campaign.
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