Manchester City fined by Uefa for kit infringement in Champions League win at Real Madrid

City's pink 'anthem' top featured two sponsor logos when only one allowed

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
Tuesday 31 March 2020 13:40 BST
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Manchester City have been fined €3,000 by Uefa for a ‘kit infringement’ during their Champions League win over Real Madrid last month.

City have been given 90 days by European football’s governing body to pay the fine, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur also disciplined.

Tottenham have been served with a €20,000 fine for kicking off the first leg of their last-16 tie against RB Leipzig late, with Jose Mourinho held responsible for the delay.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been served with a €3,250 fine for setting off fireworks during the second leg of their last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.

City’s fine is understood to relate to their florescent pink 'anthem' top featuring two logos of an official gambling partner - one small logo on the front and another on the back.

According to article 29.02 of Uefa’s equipment regulations, only one element of sponsor advertising is permitted on pre-match wear.

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden (AFP via Getty Images)

It is also thought that the sponsor logo on City's florescent yellow training top may have exceeded the permitted size of 200cm².

The €3,000 fine is relatively small compared to the two-year ban and €30m penalty handed to City by Uefa last month, though is unlikely to help heal an already-strained relationship.

City were banned from all Uefa competitions in February after they were found to have misled European football’s governing body and broken Financial Fair Play rules.

The Premier League champions will appeal against Uefa’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport this summer, though their hearing is likely to be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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