Man City could be banned from Champions League as a bad nightmare

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Man City are the reigning European champions but they could be prevented from playing in next year’s Champions League if they fail to win the Premier League.

Man City could potentially be denied a spot in next year’s Champions League if Girona can cap their remarkable season by winning La Liga.

The Premier League title holders – and reigning European champions.

Have qualified for Europe’s premier competition for 13 successive years now

And have reached the knockout phase of said tournament for the last 11 years in a row. A Champions League campaign without Man City has been, in the modern era at least, unthinkable.

But the club’s multi-model ownership and UEFA regulations mean that sister club Girona could prevent Pep Guardiola’s side from competing in the competition next year

If they win the Spanish title and City fail to win the Premier League, as outlined by ESPN.

As things stand, City are currently five points behind Liverpool and Girona are once again top of La Liga.

Man City need to push for the league title to fight in the champion league

Man City and Girona are just two of the 13 teams who make up the City Football Group,

Which owns clubs all across the globe. CFG currently own a 47 per cent stake in Girona.

The links between City and the Spanish outfit are particularly strong: Pere Guardiola,

The brother of Pep, is the current chairman of Girona and he also owns a 16 per cent stake in the club.

Under current rules, should two clubs from the same ownership group qualify for the same UEFA competition, then the side who finishes highest in their domestic league gets the place.

If the two teams finish in an identical position, i.e. both in second place,

Then the club with the highest club coefficient ranking would qualify. In this instance, this would be Manchester City.

It should be noted that UEFA has previously found a way past similar issues.

For example, RB Leipzig and FC Salzburg are both owned by the Red Bull group

But both have been able to compete in the Champions League together in recent years

After Salzburg took steps to clarify a clear separation between them and Leizpig by changing personnel on their board.

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