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Manchester City to contest FFP sanctions

Premier League title favourites Manchester City are thought to be a long way from accepting the terms of the UEFA punishment they have been issued following their alleged breach of the recently implemented Financial Fair Play rules.

The Financial Fair Play rules state that a club's loss can be no more than £37m over the previous two seasons, whereas Manchester City posted combined losses of almost £149m for the past two seasons - £97m in 2012 and £51.6m in 2013.

The terms of the punishment set out by UEFA are such that Manchester City's Champions League squad for next season must be reduced to 21 rather than 25 players, and the club will also face a fine of £50m (equal to the amount of prize money the club is likely to receive from each of their next three Champions League campaigns).

Although Manchester City are set to contest the sanctions imposed by UEFA, if their appeal is unsuccessful the club may face an even harsher punishment - UEFA is able to disqualify clubs from European competitions for breach of the Financial Fair Play rules, although this kind of extreme punishment appears unlikely at this early stage of the implementation of the rules.

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