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Man City make their case to UEFA over Financial Fair Play

Man City believe they were unfairly punished by UEFA. Credit: PA

Manchester City have told UEFA chiefs that wealthy benefactors should not be penalised under financial fair play rules for investing heavily in clubs.

City and Paris St Germain were each fined £49million for FFP rule breaches last season - and both clubs sent senior figures to a meeting chaired by UEFA president Michel Platini on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland, to discuss any changes to the rules.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano attended the meeting, as did PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and it is understood both stressed their belief that sustainable investment should be permitted.

No decisions were taken at the meeting, which also discussed whether large debts carried by clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid should also be tackled more strongly by FFP rules. Currently, only the interest on those debts is viewed as part of the FFP calculation

Totti thanks Manchester City for helping him score against them

Totti cancelled out City's opener with a clever chip. Credit: PA

Roma captain Francesco Totti has thanked Manchester City for giving him extra motivation to score on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old striker was reminded through City's official twitter account hours before his team's Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium that he had never scored in England.

So Totti made sure to put things right when he cancelled out Sergio Aguero's opener to earn Roma a 1-1 draw.

"City's tweet? It really brought me luck," Totti told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "It was a beautiful goal and a good performance.

"I really wanted to score as soon as possible as I had not found the back of the net this season.

"But above all, I am thrilled for my team because we have shown a lot of strength, which was not easy."

Balotelli to watch new team take on Manchester City

Mario Balotelli is set to watch his new teammates take on his old ones as he watches Liverpool play Manchester City this evening.

Manchester City tweeted this photo of him arriving at the Etihad Stadium.

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Racism claims mar Manchester City youth game

Seko Fofana, Manchester City Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

A friendly match between Manchester City's elite development under-21 team and Croatian side HNK Rijeka has been cancelled after one of City's players was allegedly racially abused by an opposition player.

City officials decided to withdraw their players after 19-year-old French midfielder Seko Fofana was allegedly racially abused by an opponent a minute before half-time during the match in Novigrad, west Croatia. HNK Rijeka were leading 1-0 when play was abandoned.

Man City: Uefa transfer fine is 'compromise agreement'

Manchester City have defended their action over transfers but said they have accepted Uefa's £49m fine as part of a "compromise agreement" with European football's governing body.

The recently crowned Premier League champions said there had been a "fundamental disagreement" over the interpretation of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations on players bought before 2010.

Manchester City said the new 21 player Champions League limit matched the number the club used in last season's campaign. Credit: Press Association Images

The club statement also played down the implications of Uefa's squad restriction and spending limits that were handed down along with the fine.

City said it had no plans to exceed a £49m net limit on new players this summer and said the "existing MCFC business plan" anticipated a "natural decline" in the club's wage bill.

The club said it only used 21 players in last season's Champions League, so already adhered to the newly enforced limit.

Man City fined £49m by Uefa over financial rules breach

Manchester City players and fans celebrate winning the 2013/14 Premier League title. Credit: PA

Manchester City have received a €60m fine (£49m), of which €40m is suspended, for breaching financial fair play regulations, UEFA has announced.

The side will have their Champions League squad reduced to 21 players as part of their punishment.

City also agreed to "significantly limit spending in the transfer market for seasons 2014/2015 and 2015/2016," according to a statement released by European football's governing body.

Man City face £49m Uefa fine over financial rule breach

Manchester City are facing a possible fine of £49m for breaching rules on financial fair play.

The Premiership club may also have to limit their squad for next season's Uefa Champions League to 21 players, rather than the usual 25.

The manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pelligrini. Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

City will strongly challenge the sanctions handed out by European football's governing body and the club has until the end of the week to come to an agreement with Uefa.

The punishments relate to new rules that limit the amount of money a club can post as a loss each season.

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