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Manchester City facing Premier League points penalty after being banned from Champions League

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Manchester City are now facing a Premier League points deduction, as their punishment for “serious breaches” of Uefa Financial Fair Play also represents a breach of the domestic competition’s regulations.

The defending English champions were on Friday night given the unprecedented sanction of a two-year ban from the Champions League and €30m fine, after Uefa’s Adjudicatory Chamber found the club had overstated its sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted to the European governing body between 2012 and 2016.

High-level sources say that will force the Premier League to act due to their own licensing, which pertains to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

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The issue comes because any club has to supply true information to get a Premier League licence, and that information will have had to have matched that supplied to Uefa.

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Shape Created with Sketch. Champions League round-of-16 clubs

1/17 Champions League Round of 16 clubs

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2/17 Paris Saint-Germain

Group A winners and now with Neymar back and motivated

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3/17 Real Madrid

Real will be one of the big teams lurking in pot 2

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4/17 Bayern Munich

Bayern stormed to top spot in Group B despite a turbulent season that saw Niko Kovac sacked

Bongarts/Getty Images

5/17 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs secured second place and now have Jose Mourinho on board, looking to replicate Mauricio Pochettino’s run from last season

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6/17 Manchester City

City are through as winners in Group C and still battling to land the holy grail

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7/17 Atalanta

Incredible story for the Bergamo-based minnows in their debut in the competition – they qualify despite losing their first three games and drawing their fourth

EPA

8/17 Juventus

Juve are through as winners in Group D with Ronaldo and co. in win-now mode

AFP via Getty Images

9/17 Atletico Madrid

Will be feared as runners-up in Group D, Diego Simeone’s side are evolving but still have the DNA of his great, horrible sides that proved to be a tough out in seasons before

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10/17 Liverpool

Liverpool win Group E after beating Salzburg away

AFP via Getty Images

11/17 Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti was fired not long after finishing just behind Liverpool in Group E – it’ll be Gennaro Gattuso’s job to take this side on now

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12/17 Barcelona

Barcelona took top spot in Group F and despite resting many of their first team against Inter

AP

13/17 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund survived as runners-up in Group F after Inter lost at home to Barcelona

EPA

14/17 RB Leipzig

Leipzig topped Group G and will hope to go under the radar somewhat, with Nagelsmann’s side a real dark horse

AP

15/17 Lyon

Lyon remain a dangerous unseeded side after finishing second in Group G

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16/17 Valencia

Miraculous. Manager sacked before first game. They survived and then topped group H by winning at Ajax. Bravo.

EPA

17/17 Chelsea

Edged out of top spot in group H on head to head, Chelsea qualified at the expense of Ajax – they will face a giant, in all likelihood, but they will be perhaps the most feared unseeded side

EPA

1/17 Champions League Round of 16 clubs

REUTERS

2/17 Paris Saint-Germain

Group A winners and now with Neymar back and motivated

Getty Images

3/17 Real Madrid

Real will be one of the big teams lurking in pot 2

Getty Images

4/17 Bayern Munich

Bayern stormed to top spot in Group B despite a turbulent season that saw Niko Kovac sacked

Bongarts/Getty Images

5/17 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs secured second place and now have Jose Mourinho on board, looking to replicate Mauricio Pochettino’s run from last season

Getty Images

6/17 Manchester City

City are through as winners in Group C and still battling to land the holy grail

Getty Images

7/17 Atalanta

Incredible story for the Bergamo-based minnows in their debut in the competition – they qualify despite losing their first three games and drawing their fourth

EPA

8/17 Juventus

Juve are through as winners in Group D with Ronaldo and co. in win-now mode

AFP via Getty Images

9/17 Atletico Madrid

Will be feared as runners-up in Group D, Diego Simeone’s side are evolving but still have the DNA of his great, horrible sides that proved to be a tough out in seasons before

Getty Images

10/17 Liverpool

Liverpool win Group E after beating Salzburg away

AFP via Getty Images

11/17 Napoli

Carlo Ancelotti was fired not long after finishing just behind Liverpool in Group E – it’ll be Gennaro Gattuso’s job to take this side on now

Getty Images

12/17 Barcelona

Barcelona took top spot in Group F and despite resting many of their first team against Inter

AP

13/17 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund survived as runners-up in Group F after Inter lost at home to Barcelona

EPA

14/17 RB Leipzig

Leipzig topped Group G and will hope to go under the radar somewhat, with Nagelsmann’s side a real dark horse

AP

15/17 Lyon

Lyon remain a dangerous unseeded side after finishing second in Group G

REUTERS

16/17 Valencia

Miraculous. Manager sacked before first game. They survived and then topped group H by winning at Ajax. Bravo.

EPA

17/17 Chelsea

Edged out of top spot in group H on head to head, Chelsea qualified at the expense of Ajax – they will face a giant, in all likelihood, but they will be perhaps the most feared unseeded side

EPA

It is understood Premier League committees had already discussed potential punishments on the provision that Uefa punished City, and a points deduction is now seen as highly likely.

A City statement stressed that they will appeal Uefa’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport “the earliest possible opportunity”.

While there remains the possibility a high-priced legal battle could yet see the Champions League ban overturned, sources do not feel that will be the case with any Premier League punishment due to the specific situation.

A points deduction would not affect any title race or see them relegated, while the Champions League race has been temporarily rendered moot.

While no one sees an expulsion from the Premier League as likely, the Football League have recently changed their rules so that any club in that situation must start again in League Two.

Miguel Delaney The Independent

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