Manchester City are currently set to miss the next two Champions League seasons, after being handed a suspension by UEFA for falling short of their Financial Fair Play regulations.
The club have also been fined £25 million but are appealing the decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It is a hammer blow for City, with plenty of fans already suggesting the ramifications.
Many feel it could mean the end of Pep Guardiola’s reign as City manager, whilst others are worried it could see some key players consider their future at The Etihad Stadium.
But one former Manchester City player even believes it could mean the end of the UAE-backed era at the club.
Rodney Marsh, who played for the club for three years in the 1970s, took to Twitter and suggested that the club’s owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed could sell the club as a consequence.
>If this decision is upheld it would not surprise me to see owner Sheik Mansour sell the club…..#MCFC
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) February 14, 2020
Of course, the withdrawal of Emirati backing would be a massive blow for City. Sheikh Mansour’s overwhelming wealth has turned the club into a European powerhouse but it is hard to see him backing down from his project after this setback.
Financially, he has no concerns regarding the issue and it is not just Manchester City. Mansour’s City Football Group own or part-own several clubs including the women’s team, New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Girona, Sichuan Jiuniu and Mumbai City.
Pulling the plug now would appear unlikely, but it is certainly set to be a tumultuous period for Manchester City and Sheikh Mansour.