Manchester City were kicked out of the Champions League for the next two seasons and hit with a €30-million fine for committing “serious” breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, the governing body announced Friday.
UEFA said City overstated sponsorship revenue in their accounts between 2012 and 2016.
City countered, saying the process that led to Friday’s decision was “flawed.”
The club has now launched proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the Premier League side said in a 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.
“In December 2018, the UEFA Chief Investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City before any investigation had even begun. The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he oversaw has meant that there will little doubt in the result he would deliver. The club has formally complained to the UEFA Disc.