UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body will assess the link between City and Girona in the summer if a conflict is confirmed, though without big changes made behind the scenes then both club’s involvement in the Champions League is in doubt.
UEFA’s competition rules state an individual or group cannot have “control or influence” over more than one club playing in the same tournament. If an investigation concludes that individuals within the City Football Group share control over both clubs and are unable to make the necessary changes to their business structure, only the team that finishes higher in their domestic league will be granted permission to play in the Champions League.
The other team will drop into the Europa League. Should Girona and City finish in the same league position, the team with the higher coefficient would be given the nod, which would be City after winning the Champions League last year.