UEFA confirm result of multi-club ownership investigation into Man Utd & Man City

  • Man Utd & Man City under investigation over alleged breaches of multi-club ownership rules
  • Changes with Nice & Girona have satisfied UEFA's investigators
  • Clubs all permitted into next season's European competitions
Ratcliffe has altered his shares in Nice
Ratcliffe has altered his shares in Nice / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

UEFA have confirmed that Manchester United and Manchester City are free to enter European competition next season alongside sister clubs Nice and Girona after making sufficient changes to satisfy their multi-club ownership rules.

The City Football Group (CFG) own both Man City and Girona and found themselves forced to face questions about their influence in both clubs after the latter's shock qualification for the Champions League. Likewise, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS saw both Nice and Man Utd reach the Europa League.

UEFA rules state that clubs controlled by the same entity cannot compete in the same competition as each other, forcing both CFG and INEOS to make changes to satisfy the regulations.

Those changes have now been made, allowing all four clubs to compete freely in their respective European competitions next season.

"Following the implementation of significant changes by the concerned investors in Girona FC and OGC Nice (respectively City Football Group and INEOS), the CFCB First Chamber accepted the admission of Girona FC and Manchester City FC to the 2024/25 UEFA Champions League as well as Manchester United FC and OGC Nice to the 2024/25 UEFA Europa League," a statement read.

Pep Guardiola
City will play in the same competition as Girona / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

"The clubs were able to demonstrate that such changes brought them into compliance with the multi-club ownership rule, considering that: No one is simultaneously involved, directly or indirectly, in any capacity whatsoever in the management, administration and/or sporting performance of more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition; and no one has control or decisive influence over more than one club participating in a UEFA club competition.

"More specifically, the significant changes made to the ownership, governance, and financial support of the concerned clubs, substantially restrict the investors’ influence and decision-making power over more than one club, ensuring compliance with the multi-club ownership rule during the 2024/25 season.

"In particular, the concerned investors have transferred their shares in Girona FC and OGC Nice to independent trustees through a blind trust structure established under the supervision of the CFCB First Chamber. Such blind trust was accepted by the CFCB First Chamber on an exceptional basis for the 2024/25 UEFA competitions. The trustees will regularly exchange information with the CFCB First Chamber during the 2024/25 season."