The Premier League champions were charged with multiple breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations by the Premier League on Monday, with the club potentially facing a points deduction if found guilty. Whilst City have expressed they are “surprised” by the charges in a statement, their fans have joked that the club may not play in Europe again for a while.
Shortly after the Premier League announced the charges, City’s supporter services account tweeted ticket information for their upcoming Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.
The post read: ”
City host the Bundesliga side in the second leg of their round of 16 tie on March 14. Fans were quick to react to the post, with one commenting: “When are the York away tickets gonna be available??”
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Another joked: “Perfect f***ing timing lads.” A third supporter also added: “Not now lads.” One more said: “Nicely timed! Get your Champions League tickets quick – might be the last time you see us in it for a while!”
A fifth City fan tweeted: “Any news on Macclesfield (A) tickets?” Meanwhile, another wrote: “£15 home tickets vs Rotherham. I’m here for it.”
City’s potential punishments for their breaches include points deductions and relegation, although it has been speculated any points penalties would be applied to the seasons where the breaches occurred.
The Premier League’s statement revealed that City have been charged with more than 100 breaches between 2009 and 2018 following a four-year investigation.
Just last month, Italian giants Juventus were slapped with a 15-point deduction in Serie A after being found guilty of capital gains violations. A similar penalty for City this season would see Pep Guardiola’s side drop from second to eighth in the table.