MAN CITY have been hit with a two-year Champions League ban by Uefa.
The reigning Premier League champions have also been slapped with a £25million fine in a move which has shocked football fans across Europe.
But what does this mean for this year’s Premier League and that all important fourth qualifying spot?
Why are Man City banned from the Champions League?
CITY have been slapped with the sanction having been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body.
Uefa investigated claims that City had hidden millions in funding by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners under the guise of legitimate sponsorship income.
The probe was launched following the Football Leaks document dump of City emails and letters.
City were initially fined £49million for FFP breaches in 2014, although that was later reduced to £16m.
The club have always vehemently protest their innocence but were today found guilty and Uefa bigwigs have come down hard.
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WITH the title gone, much of City’s season has been geared towards securing Champions League football for next season.
They look almost certain to finish in the top-four, but will not by allowed to enter next year’s competition if the Uefa ruling stands.
As such, the team that finished fifth in the Premier League WILL go into the Champions League next season if City finish in the top-four.
Of course Guardiola’s men are still in this season’s competition and face Real Madrid in the knockout stages.