English champions Manchester City have been banned from all European competition for the next two seasons. They have also been fined 30 million euros ($NZ50.5 million) by European football’s governing body UEFA.
The ban will mean the team is unable to play in the Champions League.
The move from UEFA comes following an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rule.
UEFA said that Man City had committed “serious breaches” of the rules by inflating the amount of advertising they had received.
The Premier League club said they intended to appeal the decision to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules are intended to prevent clubs receiving unlimited amounts of money through inflated sponsorship deals with organisations related to the owners.