Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in a decade as they beat Liverpool to the title by one point. Liverpool were outmatched not just on the pitch but also in the transfer market.
The City Football group is owned by the Abu Dhabi sheikhs and can spend endless sums of money on player recruitment. This is achieved by using a number of fake sponsorship deals with UAE companies.
Financial Fair Play has already once led to sanctions on Manchester City, restricting the number of players they could register for the Champions League to 21. Since Pep Guardiola signed for the club, they have spent an enormous amount of money just on the wing back positions.
City, even as they chased back to back Premier League trophies were being investigated by various authorities including UEFA. According to reports in their last meeting in Switzerland, the UEFA Financial Control Board has decided to sanction City for one season from the Champions League.
FFP rules require clubs to be self-sufficient while also placing a cap on the year-on-year player wage raise. While the wages may not be that much of a problem, City clearly are not run by money they make. Various gulf companies have been paying sponsorship money that is not in line with what City are as a brand.
If the recommendation to ban City from Europe comes in time before next season’s Champions League it would be a big blow to City. As Liverpool fans we can only hope that their is a limit on the resources available to City, or it is going to be hard to compete with them.