Well, UEFA have made quite the statement, haven't they?
It's been brewing in the background for some time but the announcement was no less explosive for it. Premier League champions Manchester City have sensationally been banned from Champions League (and Europa League) for the next two seasons, not to mention also being slapped with a €30m fine after being found
Calciopoli might have been a distant memory for some, but AC Milan found themselves in hot water with the authorities once again just last season.
The Rossoneri had appeared to be signing bucket loads of pricey players without any major sales and there were murmurs of Financial Fair Play irregularities.
Those murmurs were realised when UEFA banned Milan - the second most successful team in Champions League history - from their competitions for the 2019/20 season.
They would have qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth in Serie A.
After one year away from European competitions and Milan are actually in a significantly worse position than this time last season.
They're still ahead of Napoli, Sampdoria and Torino in the league, but Stefano Pioli's side are 10th in Serie A this time around.
Milan are still a big draw for players abroad thanks to their name alone, but they're set to be going into another season without European competition in 2020/21.
Macedonian side FK Pobeda were slapped with an unprecedented eight-year ban from UEFA Competitions after being found guilty
As recently as 2012/13, a Malaga side managed by Manuel Pellegrini, starring Joaquin, Isco, Julio Baptista, Roque Santa Cruz and more were on the verge of the Champions League semi-finals only to suffer a late defeat to Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund.
Under the ownership of highly controversial Qatari Sheikh Abdullah ben Nasser Al Thani, Malaga had looked to shake up the Spanish league and Europe but a failure to pay their debts saw the Andalusian club handed a four-season UEFA ban - later reduced to one.
That summer saw Isco, Joaquin and several others leave, while things have gone from bad to much, much worse on Spain's Costa del Sol.
Seven years on from their one season in Europe's top competition, Malaga are battling against relegation to Spain's third tier, while off-field wrangles concerning finances and leadership have put the club's existence in doubt.
Former Albanian league champion KF
A one-year ban is bad enough, but this was actually just the tip of the iceberg for
Skënderbeu Korçë (Again)
Having already served a one-year ban,
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Skenderbeu's appeal and upheld the decision following years of investigation into match-fixing.
Using evidence of betting patterns, UEFA investigators found fixing of two Champions League qualifying games and two Europa League group stage games.
The authorities also believed
Beşiktaş were handed the lighter punishment with a one-year ban, while
Romanian side Steaua Bucharest were also given a one-year ban at the same time, although that was due to
All English Clubs
In the aftermath of the
English teams were readmitted to the UEFA after the 1990 World Cup.
What happens next?
Manchester City's two-year ban from UEFA competitions is by far the worst punishment they could have been given, but it looks set to have serious ramifications for the club moving forward.
Although it's just speculation, Pep Guardiola's position at the club has already come under question following UEFA's ruling. He's been linked with jobs across Europe and only has a contract at Etihad Stadium until 2021.
City should still be able to attract big players to the club through their financial muscle alone, but without the revenue and exposure from the Champions League, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have become much more attractive prospects for players moving to the Premier League.
Source : 90min