Manchester City’s ban from the Champions League and Europa League could have serious implications for the rest of the Premier League.
The Etihad outfit have been handed a huge punishment from UEFA after serious breaches surrounding Financial Fair Play.
They were also fined €30m (£24.9m) which could have enormous ramifications surrounding several issues at the club.
City have confirmed that they will be appealing the decision in an angry statement that stated UEFA’s process was “flawed”.
A statement read: “Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber.
“With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”
However, if the punishment comes into effect next season that will have a massive outcome on the rest of the Premier League.
The race for a spot in the top four has been momentous this campaign, with Liverpool running away with the title.
Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been chasing down a spot.
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And surprise packages Sheffield United, Wolves and Everton are also in contention.
Gary Lineker tweeted asking for clarification over whether or not England will have restricted spots in next year’s Champions League.
And football journalist Raphael Honigstein replied that they will keep four teams in the competition.
With City more than likely to finish in the top four anyway, it means that the fifth-placed side will now play in the prestigious tournament.
That means that the likes of Chelsea and Leicester can breathe a sigh of relief with their spots up for grabs.
And it will come as a huge boost to the likes of United and Arsenal, who are eighth and 10th respectively.
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