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Uefa shrug off delay in sentencing Manchester City

By Andy Hampso

UEFA is not concerned by a perceived delay in adjudicating over Manchester City's breach of financial fair play regulations.

The newly-crowned Premier League champions were understood to be the only one of nine clubs facing action to have failed to reach agreement over the sanctions put forward by Uefa's club financial control board (CFCB).

It was thought a deadline had been passed and decisions could be announced early this week but Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino has indicated that the process is still ongoing.

Infantino, speaking at a press conference following a meeting of Uefa's executive committee in Turin, refused to put a timescale on the matter, other than expressing hope it is concluded before the start of next season.

He brushed off suggestions that a delay was allowing clubs to talk themselves out of sanctions or that it was an attempt to reach compromises that would ensure the matter did not end up in court.

City were thought to be facing a 60million euro (£49.3million) fine over three years and having the size of next season's Champions League squad cut from 25 to 21, with a wage freeze.

Eight of that squad would also have to be home-grown and there would also be some restrictions in the number of new players being able to be registered for European competition.

Infantino said: "The fact that decisions are not taken the moment when the media expect they are taken, or think they are taken, means simply that the procedure is not concluded.

"From that point of view, I think what we had to communicate was that there are still nine clubs involved in the investigations with the investigatory chamber. This is still the case. When they either reach a settlement then this will be published."

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