Manchester City escapes a two-year European competition ban after being found guilty of breaching financial fair play. City originally were handed a two-year ban from any UEFA competition and were looking at a 10 point ban in the Premier League next season.
City have instead been handed a £10 million fine for breaching the rules. The decision if they will receive a domestic ban has yet to be established however, with UEFA deciding on a smaller penalty I don’t see the points deduction taking place. The Blues are still in this years Champions League competition that is scheduled to take place next month and have a 3-0 lead over Real Madrid going into their second leg match.
Ageing players such as Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho who have a tough decision about whether or not to stay at a club unable to compete in Europe will now find themselves looking towards an extension at City. UEFA however has failed to make an example out of Man City and will be questioned as to how they came to the conclusion that the ban be scrapped altogether rather than just reduced to a one-year sentence.
City should find themselves lucky, if the ban had of taken place, rumours had it that not only would the players be looking elsewhere also Pep would be looking for a club able to compete at the highest level.