'They knew they cheated': Fans sink the boot into banned Manchester City

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League and other UEFA competitions has sent shockwaves though the football world - but not all fans are up in arms.

On the contrary, plenty of fans have taken to social media to register their amusement at the club’s predicament.

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The team was banned for two years and also fined 30 million euros (roughly $48 million AUD) for breaches of Financial Fair Play Regulations, centred around the reporting of their sponsorship arrangements.

The team, via a statement, slammed the UEFA-led investigation, describing it as ‘prejudicial’ and vowing to appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

While City fans would no doubt be wondering what would happen next, fans of other football teams took a somewhat less conciliatory tone.

The reigning Premier League champions overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016, according to European football's governing body.

The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Manchester City ‘disappointed’ by ban

City said they are "disappointed but not surprised" by UEFA's announcement and will appeal against the punishment to CAS.

"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber," read a club statement.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's future is uncertain in the wake of the club's two-year ban from UEFA competition.. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

"The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

"Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.

"With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity."