Recently Europe football governing body UEFA banned Manchester City from all European competitions for the next two seasons following a breached on the financial fair play (FFP) rules by the club, this heavy banned by the European football governing body UEFA is a serious hitch on the current EPL champions but what next for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City?
The reigning EPL champions who also have been fined 30 million euros (24.9 million pounds), intend to appeal against the sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). If upheld, it would mean the city will be unable to complete in the Champions League even if they win the competition this season. City has been drawn against 13-time European champions Real Madrid in the last-16 of the competition. The first leg of that tie will be played on February 26 at Bernabeu, with the return match scheduled for March 10 in Manchester.
One of the greatest effects of this sanction on the City would be a major loss of revenue. Additionally, big-name transfer targets may be deterred and choose rival clubs, while current City players may not be loyal enough to stay and they desperation for European glory could question their futures.
For the boss, Pep Guardiola who has a contract until 2021 – has been informed by the club throughout the process and it will be business as usual for the time being. However, there has already been speculation about Guardiola’s long-term future and an absence of Champions League football for one of the world’s top coaches – who last won the competition nine years ago with Barcelona – would be a bitter pill to swallow.