Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly attempted to rally his players after the club were handed a two-year ban from the Champions League.

The club have been rocked by the decision from UEFA, the result of an exhaustive investigation into their finances.

Manchester City’s European ban is a nightmare for Guardiola

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Manchester City’s European ban is a nightmare for Guardiola

According to The Sun, the boss allegedly told his players: “Whatever league we are in, I will still be here. Even if they put us in League Two, I will still be here.

“This is a time for sticking together.”

Speaking to the squad, City’s chief executive officer Ferran Soriano added: “Trust me like I trust you, this will be dropped.”

As well as the two-year ban, the reigning Premier League champions have also been handed a £25million fine by European football’s governing body.

But, as the dust settles, just what could be in store for City, and their Premier League rivals?

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UEFA Champions League ban

So, the sanctions mean Man City will, currently, not be allowed into ANY European football competition next season and the one after – that includes the Europa League.

The club are, of course, going to appeal the ruling and this will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), possibly even to the Swiss Supreme Court, or the European Commission.

If the ban is confirmed it means whoever finishes in fifth place, assuming City remain in the top four, will qualify for the Champions League.

Meanwhile, a further knock on effect could see spots six, seven, and eight all get Europa League places.

This will happen if City win the Carabao Cup final and a team already qualified for a European competition wins the FA Cup.

2019/20 European competition qualifiers

Assuming Man City win the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup winners are already qualified for Europe

Champions League qualifiers

1. Liverpool

2. Leicester

3. Chelsea

4. Tottenham

Europa League qualifiers

1. Sheffield United

2. Manchester United

3. Wolves

But, given the likely appeals, there is a chance the ban could still be held back a season which means they would be in Europe during the 2020/21 campaign.

If they do miss two campaigns in the contest they could lose out on up to £170m worth of revenue.


Premier League sanctions

Having opened up their own investigation in March, the Premier League’s decision is now likely to be be heavily scrutinised.

They will have the opportunity to impose any number of punishments on City.

According to the Premier League, they can dish out unlimited fines, points deductions and they are able to strip teams of titles.

However, there are currently no historical cases to look back on and decipher what might possibly take place, which will make City’s owners sweat a little bit more.

If they were to lose their titles it unknown what would happen to them.

We could see sides like Liverpool and Manchester United given backdated trophies but in Serie A, when Juventus had their 2005 win stripped for being involved in the Calciopoli scandal, it wasn’t given to another club.

Manchester City are currently the Premier League holders

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Manchester City are currently the Premier League holders

Players

Raheem Sterling has reportedly come out and insisted he will not push for a transfer, despite the threat of sanctions hanging over the club.

Unfortunately for City, such a huge loss in revenue will probably force their hand and they may well have to sell just to comply with FFP, especially when you consider the huge wages some stars are on.

There may also be a worry some stars could leave on the basis their pay may now be reduced.

It’s believed Kevin De Bruyne gets around £1.25m just for qualifying for the Champions League, while he also has a £1m bonus in his contract for if they were to win the competition.

Such a hit in the pocket could mean some stars will want to leave, especially when paired with the loss of European competition.

Will Kevin De Bruyne stick around?

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Will Kevin De Bruyne stick around?

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