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Manchester City are facing a two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League after being found to be in breach of the financial fair play rules.

The reigning Premier League champions will not be allowed to compete in UEFA competitions in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons after the club were found to have misled the governing body in the incomings from sponsorship deals.

The club have also been handed a substantial £30 million fine for the breach, but will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The decision could benefit Arsenal as if the ban is upheld, then it means a fifth place finish in the league will mean a Champions League qualification place.

However, speaking in 2017, then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke out on his concerns over the FFP rules.

“Financial fair play raises new questions,” Wenger said, as reported by the Guardian.

“I always did plead for it. Today, I am not convinced that we can maintain it. Football is maybe only at the start of a huge financial investment. It has become the most powerful sport in the world. It means do we have to open the door completely to investments?

"It is a question we have to raise because, at the moment, it looks like we have created rules that cannot be respected. There is nothing worse than when you create rules that are not respected.

“Maybe we are at the crossroads and we have to think, do we open it with complete freedom to investment for people like the Chinese and Americans, who want to invest here [in England]? If you want to remain the best league in the world, that is certainly the way we have to go.

“Do I want to get rid of financial pair play? I think so because there are too many legal ways to get around it. The question, at least, has to be raised. At the moment, it looks like you can buy clubs in China and get the players there, and buy them in other clubs, then get them, after, here. You can get around [FFP]. Am I convinced that, at the moment, the rules are strong enough to make it respected? I’m not sure.”