After Manchester City were handed a two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League, reports have now emerged which claim that some of Europe's biggest clubs pushed for the reigning Premier League champions to be expelled from the competition.
On Friday last week, City were slapped with a two-year ban from Europe's premier club competition for breaching the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and handed a €30 million (R485 million) fine.
According to The Athletic, Pep Guardiola's side allege that UEFA were pressured into making the decision by some of Europe's biggest sides, including Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and "the English clubs".
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The main allegations against City relate to the club having "committed serious breaches of the FFP regulations by "overstating its sponsorship revenue" in accounts between 2012 and 2016.
A subsequent statement by the Manchester-based club confirmed that an appeal will be lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Premier League is also expected to conduct an independent investigation into the club's finances which, according to previous reports, could result in a points deduction or relegation to League Two, although the latter eventuality remains highly unlikely.
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