“Manchester Metropolis is disenchanted however not stunned by at present’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the membership mentioned.
“The… flawed and persistently leaked UEFA course of he (the UEFA chief investigator) oversaw has meant that there was little doubt within the consequence that he would ship…
“Merely put, this can be a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.
“With this prejudicial course of now over, the membership will pursue an neutral judgment as rapidly as attainable” at CAS.
Guardiola’s Metropolis face Actual Madrid on this season’s Champions League final 16.
Saying the ban a UEFA assertion declared: “The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester Metropolis Soccer Membership directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA membership competitions within the subsequent two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons).”
European soccer’s governing physique mentioned that Metropolis “did not cooperate within the investigation”.
“The adjudicatory chamber, having thought of all of the proof, has discovered that Manchester Metropolis Soccer Membership dedicated severe breaches of the UEFA Membership Licensing and Monetary Honest Play Rules by overstating its sponsorship income in its accounts and within the break-even info submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” European soccer’s governing physique mentioned.
Metropolis misplaced a earlier enchantment to CAS over UEFA’s unique determination to refer them to its adjudicatory chamber over the alleged FFP violations.
“An enchantment wouldn’t essentially raise the suspension however the request may be made,” UEFA informed AFP.
The investigation into Metropolis was based mostly on leaked emails revealed final yr by German journal Der Spiegel as a part of “Soccer Leaks”.
Increase for English Champions League hopefuls
Guardiola’s Metropolis outfit at present sit second within the Premier League desk, that means that the fourth Champions League slot out there for English groups would probably go to the fifth-placed membership this time period.
Sheffield United, promoted to the highest flight final yr, sit in fifth.
It isn’t the primary time that Man Metropolis have fallen foul of FFP laws, having been fined 60 million euros and seeing their Champions League squad lowered in Might 2014.
The ban will increase questions on the way forward for Metropolis coach Guardiola and their key gamers.
Guardiola mentioned final month that he may very well be sacked if he did not beat Actual Madrid within the Champions League final 16.
“If we do not beat them, OK, come the chairman or the game director and say, ‘It isn’t adequate, we wish the Champions League, I’ll sack you’,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
“I do not know (if this might occur). It has occurred many instances and will possibly occur.”
Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain have been additionally fined that yr.
Seven-time European champions AC Milan have been banned from this season’s Europa League for FFP breaches.
La Liga president Javier Tebas applauded UEFA for his or her sanctions of Man Metropolis, saying: “UEFA is lastly taking decisive motion.
“Imposing the principles of economic truthful play and punishing monetary doping is important for the way forward for soccer… we lastly have a great instance of motion.”
Metropolis face Actual Madrid of their first leg on the Bernabeu on February 26, with the second leg on the Etihad Stadium on March 17.
Metropolis usually are not the one English champions with monetary issues – Saracens, the Premiership rugby titleholders and European champions have been relegated to the second-tier subsequent season for wage cap breaches.