Pep Guardiola: Manchester city manager celebrates with staff as UEFA lifts CL ban

Pep Guardiola: Manchester city manager celebrates with staff as UEFA lifts CL ban

- Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are now eligible to play in next season’s Champions League

- The Citizens were earlier handed two-year-ban over transfer irregularities

- UEFA has rescinded the ban and the City boss and his staff are delighted

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola took a selfie as he and his backroom staff celebrated the victory as the Citizens are now eligible to participate in next seasons' UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City's two-year Champions League ban has been overturned and the Citizens are eligible to compete in next season's competition.

Pep Guardiola's side were previously handed a two-season ban from competing in Europe after they were found guilty of transfer irregularities.

City were also slammed with a staggering €30million fine after they were initially found guilty of breaking financial fair play rules.

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The Citizens got into the hook of Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) following a discovery that it misled UEFA by increasing its sponsorship revenues when submitting accounts as part of the FFP compliance process.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester city manager celebrates with staff as UEFA lifts CL ban
Pep Guardiola delighted. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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In a verdict passed on Friday, February 14, it was revealed that a huge percentage of Man City's sponsorship was funded by City’s owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi ruling family from his own purse.

From City shirt, stadium to the club's academy the English champions were discovered to have been given financial backing by Sheikh Mansour in what contradicts UEFA's fair play rules.

Manchester City earlier accused Premier League rivals of plotting to ensure their plea to overturn their Champions League ban does not work.

They claim that Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal lodged an application to prevent City putting off the ban while their appeal is unanswered.

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This might be not be unconnected to the faceoff between the two clubs since Arsene Wenger tackled Sheikh Mansour's investment into the Citizens in 2008. Read

The Etihad outfit appealed the ban and it has now be lifted as the outgoing Premier League champions will compete in next season's competition.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester United are now at the forefront to sign £60million rated Ben Chilwell from Leicester City amid interests from rival clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.

The English defender has emerged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top priority as the United boss continue to build the team in a bid to challenge for the title next season.

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