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Man City could face Uefa charge for booing the Champions League anthem

Fans booed the anthem during last night’s game with Sevilla.

Manchester City fans are in hot water with Uefa.
Manchester City fans are in hot water with Uefa.
Image: Richard Sellers

MANCHESTER CITY COULD be set to face a Uefa charge over their booing of the Champions League anthem.

The club has received notification from European football’s governing body but do not yet know if they will face a formal charge.

Supporters of City have booed the anthem — based on Handel’s Zadok the Priest — during home games in protest at the Financial Fair Play penalties Uefa imposed on the club last year.

While FFP rules were established to prevent clubs living beyond their means, fans of the two-time Premier League winners believe Uefa used them to keep clubs like City out of the traditional European elite.

Source: Citizens TV/YouTube

Supporters also took issue with Uefa after CSKA Moscow were forced to play behind closed doors following racist chanting and fan violence.

That decision was taken after many City fans had already paid for travel and accommodation with Uefa refusing to offer any compensation.

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