Champions League: Man United, Arsenal could get UCL spot as City face ban

Man United finished sixth in the league to miss out on a Champions League qualifying place

Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are the four clubs that sealed an automatic qualification slot

United could however earn a place in the UCL if Man City’s ban from the competition is effected and Arsenal wins the Europa League Premier League champions, Man City, are facing a possible ban from the Champions League should they be found guilty of financial irregularities. City have been under probe by a regulatory committee after a string of leaks suggested they flouted set financial rules.

The Etihad outfit has often denied any wrongdoing as UEFA officials from the financial control board plan to submit their findings.

However, according to a UK Mirror report, the board could potentially push to have Man City banned from the European elite competition for at least one year.

The suspension would likely open the door to have another Premier League club fill the void, with Arsenal and Man United in line to take the place.

As it stands, only Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are assured of an automatic Champions League qualification, with Arsenal standing an outside chance of sealing a place via Europa League.

The Gunners are set to battle Chelsea in the finals of the Europa League later in May, knowing too well victory will earn then a place in the UCL.

Should Arsenal lose the title to Chelsea, they would be the most likely to take City’s place owing to their better league position than Man United. But a win for the Unai Emery-tutored side in the Europa could possibly see United drafted in, despite finishing the season sixth.

Be that as it may, it remains to be seen if UEFA would still have a club from Man City’s domestic competition take their place.

Meanwhile, AbegTV also reported that Arsenal were likely to be handed a Champions League lifeline if Man City got a ban from Europe’s football governing body UEFA.

The Etihad dwellers are facing a possible ban from UEFA, over issues bothering on breaches of alleged financial fair play. The Premier League champs were under probe by UEFA for providing “unconvincing” explanations over the club’s finances.

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