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Breaking News: Manchester City Banned From UEFA Champions League For 2 Seasons

Manchester City have been banned from European club competition for the next two seasons after being found to have committed "serious breaches" of Uefa's club licensing and financial fair play regulations.

The reigning Premier League champions have also been fined 30m euros (£25m). The decision is subject to appeal though, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. City however said they are "disappointed but not surprised" by the "prejudicial" decision and will appeal.

The independent Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) said City had broken the rules by "overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016", adding that the club "failed to cooperate in the investigation".

It has been reported that City could also face a Premier League points deduction because the league's FFP rules are similar - although not exactly the same - as Uefa's. This could mean that City will be playing in Championship next season.

However, the punishment has no implications for City's women's team.

The man behind the whitleblowing "football Leaks hacker" Rui Pinto - remains in prison awaiting a court case. Pinto hacked his way into man city club emails from his Portugal home in 2015 and then passed them on to the media and sparked the investigation into City's finances.

Despite being widely praised by the football world, Pinto was arrested and sent to prison, and will face a trial for 90 different counts of hacking, sabotage and fraud.

News of UEFA's decision to ban City from the Champions League for the next two seasons saw Pinto's name start trending with the hashtag #freePinto on Friday night.

Football Leaks was created back in 2015 and has exposed everything from tax fraud to clubs breaching FFP.

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