UEFA investigators send Man City case to judges for verdict

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola holds the trophy as he celebrates with supporters at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday May 12, 2019 the day they won the English Premier League title. Manchester City retained the Premier League trophy after coming from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 and see off Liverpool's relentless challenge on the final day of the season on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA says its club finance investigators have sent their Manchester City file to independent judges for a verdict.

The English champion faces a one-year ban from the Champions League, potentially next season.

The club finance panel opened its formal case against City in March "for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets."

Internal documents about City's business and emails between club executives were published in the Football Leaks series led by German magazine Der Spiegel.

The revelations suggested City officials deceived UEFA over several years, including by disguising that revenue from potentially overvalued commercial deals came from the club's owners in Abu Dhabi.

The Associated Press reported this week that club officials have not fully cooperated with UEFA's investigators.

UEFA did not suggest a timetable for a verdict, which could eventually be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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