GENEVA (AP) — UEFA club finance investigators have sent their Manchester City file to independent judges for a verdict which could be a one-year ban from the Champions League.
The English champion is suspected of breaking rules that monitor clubs’ commercial income and spending on player transfers and wages, and faces the most serious sanction which could apply next season.
UEFA confirmed the expected referral to its judging panel on Thursday, though did not publish the recommended punishment or a timetable for the verdict.
The chief investigator — Yves Leterme, a former prime minister of Belgium — is required by UEFA rules to propose “the final decision to be taken, including, where appropriate, any disciplinary measures.”
City hit back in a statement at what it called “a wholly unsatisfactory, curtailed, and hostile process” overseen by UEFA.
“The accusation of financial irregularities remains entirely false and the … referral ignores a comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence provided by Manchester City,” the club said.
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