The club has thus been barred from UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and ordered pay a fine of € 30 million for breaching financial fair play rules.
Five days after the club were sensationally banned from Europe for two seasons by UEFA, Manchester City's chief executive has denounced allegations of financial fair play "serious breaches" as totally untrue and politically motivated.
Soriano held an emergency meeting with the Manchester City squad on Saturday after the Champions League ban was announced. This is just another challenge. "We will stay together, overcome it and not disappoint fans".
"Complete wow. The only thing I can say is about football", added the German as he expressed sympathy for City counterpart Pep Guardiola.
Soriano said: "The fans can be sure of two things". The first one is that the allegations are false.
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The magazine reported in 2018 that City's owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan - a senior member of Abu Dhabi's ruling royal family - was mostly funding the club's £67.5m ($88m) annual sponsorship in 2015-2016.
Tonight, after the Premier League game against West Ham, Pep Guardiola is expected to make his first impression of the penalty. "He focuses on the game, the next and the next matches", Ferran Soriano concluded.
Findings published by UEFA also state that the club "failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB".
"We know that fans are supporting us".
Whether the qualification spot would go to the fifth-placed Premier League side is still yet unclear, especially with City likely to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Soriano, who described the players as calm and focused, hopes the appeal to the Cas will be heard swiftly.
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"Ultimately based on our encounter and our perception this would seem to be much less about justice and additional about politics", claimed the Spaniard.
Former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas said that stars like Kevin de Bruyne could also head for the exit, but ex-City captain Richard Dunne believes any exodus could prove a boon for City's young players, in a similar fashion to Chelsea's after their transfer ban. I really hope they miss out on a year of the Champions League, minimum.
"The club has always felt the need to find an independent body and to consider irrevocable evidence in support of its position", the club said.
"Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA".
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