UEFA announced on Friday that City had been banned from playing in any European club competition in 2020-21 and 2021-22 over ‘serious breaches’ of financial fair play.
The reigning Premier League champions will also be forced to pay £25million, although the decision is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Manchester City have confirmed they intend to appeal but, if they are unsuccessful, the Premier League’s fifth-placed team will be in line to qualify for the Champions League.
That development will be seen as a substantial boost at Sheffield United, Tottenham, Everton, Manchester United, Wolves and Arsenal, who are all looking to make up ground on fourth-placed Chelsea.
It is also welcome news for Frank Lampard, who will now be aware that Chelsea may still qualify for next season’s Champions League even if they slip to fifth in the English top-flight this season.
Article 4.08 of UEFA’s admission…