UEFA have confirmed that Manchester City have been banned from European competitions from the beginning of next season, with the Citizens also being fined €30m (£25m) for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
The club have already said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and it will likely be up to a judge to decide whether their ban remains in place while their case is heard.
However, if the CAS appeal process does not suspend UEFA’s decision, it will mean that City will not be able to qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League this campaign.
With Pep Guardiola’s side almost certain to finish in the top four this season, their spot will go to the team who finishes fifth in the league.
Sheffield United currently hold that position in the table, but the likes of Manchester United, Wolves, Tottenham, Everton and even Arsenal will now be coveting a place in next year’s Champions League.