Manchester City kit suppliers Puma issue statement after UEFA ban

Manchester City kit suppliers Puma say they are convinced the club will be cleared of wrongdoing when they appeal their two-year ban from UEFA competitions.

UEFA handed the ban to City last week for ‘serious breaches’ of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations, as well as failing to cooperate in the investigation by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB). The club were also fined €30m.

Immediately after UEFA announced their sanctions, City responded with a strong statement indicating they will appeal the ruling, which would see them banned from the Champions League and Europa League until 2022.

“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the City response read.

“The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position.

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA. With this prejudicial process now over, the Club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”

While an appeal has not yet been confirmed, all the noises coming from City are that the club are confident that they will be successful in their bid to get the sanctions overturned.

Now, kit sponsors Puma have issued a statement in support of the club and its management.

The statement (via the Financial Times) read: “We fully trust the management of Manchester City and are convinced that these accusations will be cleared”.

City and Puma signed a lucrative ten-year, £650million kit deal in February 2019 – before the time period that UEFA allege City’s wrongdoing took place. The deal is the second biggest in the Premier League, behind Manchester United’s £750m agreement with adidas.

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