Updated: Saturday, 21st September 2019 @ 6:10am

From Blues to bust: Manchester City’s title party pooped by £50million UEFA Financial Fair Play rap

From Blues to bust: Manchester City’s title party pooped by £50million UEFA Financial Fair Play rap

| By Liam Geraghty

Mega-rich Manchester City are facing a £50million fine and a limit of 21-players in the Champions League after falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) policies.

The Etihad outfit have until the end of the week to agree the sanctions and a failure to reach an agreement with UEFA boss Michel Platini will see a panel hand the Citizens a non-negotiable punishment.

The European governing body have hit the Premier League champions-elect with the sanctions after their £1billion-spree since 2008 – backed by oil-rich Sheikh Mansour – transformed them from also-rans to one of the world’s leading clubs.

Al-Jazeera-owned French giants Paris Saint Germain have also failed to meet the required financial level.

And manager Manuel Pellegrini has been handed a tough task to ensure his players keep their eye on the ball for the crunch home double-header against Aston Villa tonight and West Ham in the season finale on Sunday.

The Blues need at least four points from their final two fixtures to bag a second Premier League crown and deny Liverpool an end to their long wait for league success.

But a repeat of their domestic success on the coveted European front will be even more unlikely if their 25-man-squad, which has to include three goalkeepers as well as complying with ‘homegrown’ player rules that state eight players must have been trained in the side’s country of origin for three years under the age of 21, is cut down by four players.

City fans have seen their side compete in the competition for the last three seasons, but only Pellegrini has managed to take them into the knockout stages as Roberto Mancini saw his side dumped out of the group stages in both of his seasons in charge.

Barcelona ended the Blues’ interest this time around with a 4-1 aggregate win after strolling to a 2-0 success in Manchester.

Madrid pair Atletico and Real will contest this year’s final at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz on May 24.