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SBD Global/August 16, 2017/Franchises

Man City Owner Expected To Acquire Girona In Deal That Could Violate UEFA Rules

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La Liga side Girona is "facing the possibility of being barred from European competition next season" if it is bought by Man City's parent company, according to Paul Hirst of the LONDON TIMES. After "months of talks," City Football Group, which owns Man City, is "expected to announce in the coming days that it has acquired a large stake in Girona," which was promoted to the Spanish top flight last season. Media Base Sports, an agency run by Pere Guardiola, also has a "large stake" in Girona. CFG's planned takeover of Girona is "not illegal, but it would have ramifications" for Man City and the Spanish club "if they qualify for European competition" (LONDON TIMES, 8/15). In London, James Ducker reported UEFA rules prohibit two teams that share the same owner from competing in European competition, which means CFG "could be presented with a serious dilemma" if Girona and Man City qualify for Europe. In an effort to "ensure the integrity" of UEFA club competitions, European football's governing body "would only permit one of those teams to compete in Europe under current regulations." Girona "will become the sixth club in the CFG stable" after Man City, MLS side NYCFC, A-League side Melbourne City FC, J.League club Yokohama F. Marinos and Uruguayan second division side Club Atlético Torque (TELEGRAPH, 8/14).
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