The Associated Press Manchester City has not been cooperating with investigators and is facing a one-season ban from the Champions League for violating financial monitoring rules, according to a person familiar with the case.
City released a statement Tuesday saying the club has provided “comprehensive proof” that it did not break financial regulations, but the person said the Champions League ban is being pursued by UEFA financial investigators, confirming a New York Times report.
The person also said the Premier League champions have not been cooperating with the investigation when they have been asked about information in leaked documents.
An independent club finance panel has been examining evidence published in the Football Leaks series. The AP reported in December that UEFA believed it had been misled by City over income.
In its statement , City said “the accusation of financial irregularities [is] entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided.” City also said the club’s “published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record.”
Key to the investigation is whether City deceived UEFA for several years, including by disguising the source of revenue from sponsorship deals tied to the club’s owners in Abu Dhabi. UEFA rules limit cash injections from wealthy owners.
City won the Premier League title on Sunday for the fourth time in eight seasons. The team has never won the Champions League.
Villa advances to playoff final
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Aston Villa will contest the second-tier League Championship playoff final as the club seeks a return to the Premier League after an absence of three years.
Villa beat West Bromwich Albion 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday after their semifinal finished 2-2 on aggregate. That followed West Brom’s 1-0 win in the second leg.
Leeds and Derby are in the other playoff semifinal. Their second leg is on Wednesday, with Leeds taking a 1-0 lead into its Elland Road home.