Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League and other UEFA competitions has sent shockwaves though the football world - but not all fans are up in arms.
On the contrary, plenty of fans have taken to social media to register their amusement at the club’s predicament.
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The team was banned for two years and also fined 30 million euros (roughly $48 million AUD) for breaches of Financial Fair Play Regulations, centred around the reporting of their sponsorship arrangements.
The team, via a statement, slammed the UEFA-led investigation, describing it as ‘prejudicial’ and vowing to appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
While City fans would no doubt be wondering what would happen next, fans of other football teams took a somewhat less conciliatory tone.
In a few years time, Manchester City will be looked back on as the epitome of modern football. Money is the root of all evil & doesn't mix well with arrogance. I actually didn't mind them as a club before the Sheikh Mansour era. Their fan base on the whole used to be sound too.— Carl Clemente (@clemente_carl) February 14, 2020
Great to see Manchester City’s financial cheating finally punished properly. The next essential step is for all the titles & trophies they won by cheating to be rescinded, medals taken away, the honest winners acknowledged & rewarded.— Andrew Cooper (@AndrewCooper__) February 14, 2020
Beautifully handled by Manchester City. No wonder they’re so beloved pic.twitter.com/wBPFVSZkut— Dion Fanning (@dionfanning) February 14, 2020
Man City statement: "Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber."— Bruno FC 🔴 (@B_Fernandes16) February 14, 2020
They're not surprised because they knew they cheated 😭🤣🤣🤣
The reigning Premier League champions overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016, according to European football's governing body.
The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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City said they are "disappointed but not surprised" by UEFA's announcement and will appeal against the punishment to CAS.
"Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber," read a club statement.
"The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.
"Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.
"With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgement as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity."