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Guardiola targets three players for Manchester City - UK reports

Guardiola targets three players for Manchester City - UK reports

According to the New York Times, the former prime minister of Belgium Yves Leterme will have the final say on the submission which is expected to be a one-season ban from Europe's premier competition at the very least.

City have denied any wrongdoing.

The club addressed an allegation published by The New York Times this week that Uefa financial investigators meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, two weeks ago had agreed to recommend a one-year ban for City when the case is passed to the Uefa body responsible for regulations.

City were among a handful of teams targeted in media leaks towards the back end of previous year, including other European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

The reports alleged City had broken FFP rules by inflating the value of a major sponsorship deal.

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"If it is true what has been written, there might be a serious problem", Leterme was quoted as telling a Belgian media group earlier this year. "This can lead to the heaviest punishment: exclusion from the UEFA competitions".

Manchester City have said they are "fully cooperating in good faith" and have provided "comprehensive proof" that accusations of financial fair play (FFP) irregularities are false.

Numerous allegations regarding City's financial wrongdoings were brought to light by the so called 'Football Leaks' files earlier this year, and are said to include emails and private club documents that show the club's attempts to "circumvent UEFA's financial fair-play regulations by masking cash infusions from a United Arab Emirates state-backed investment company through inflated sponsorship agreements with entities including the U.A.E.'s national airline, Etihad", according to the report today in the American media. Manchester City would have the right to appeal against any such ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It is also yet unknown as to whether or not the ban would be for the upcoming season or the 2020/21 campaign should it be upheld. If they do go on to lift the iconic trophy, that wil complete an unprecedented domestic treble in England, however, the Spanish coach is already looking at how to improve his record-breaking squad for the seasons ahead.