By Sam Blitz For Mailonline
Published: 19:43 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 19:54 GMT, 14 February 2020
Manchester City have been hit with a two-year ban from European football sanctioned by UEFA.
The ruling, which is due to City's breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, comes as a serious blow to the current Premier League champions as the Champions League is the only trophy that has eluded them since manager Pep Guardiola's arrival in 2016.
City have appealed UEFA's ban which could change matters - but if the ruling is upheld then it will lead to shockwaves running through European football. Sportsmail takes a look at the implications City's potential ruling has on other Premier League clubs...
Manchester City have been banned from playing in Europe by UEFA for two years
It means Sheffield United could qualify for the Champions League by finishing in fifth place
One major question on the lips of many Premier League clubs is who will take City's Champions League spot if the Citizens finish in the top-four.
While UEFA and the Premier League have not confirmed what will happen regarding England's qualification spots, UEFA rule 4.08 says:
'A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best-placed club in the top domestic championship of the same association, provided the new club fulfils the admission criteria.one potential solution is that fifth place qualifying for European's biggest club competition.'
This would mean Chris Wilder's Sheffield United - who currently occupy that fifth position with a dozen Premier League games to go - are in pole position to qualify for the Champions League if Manchester City end up finishing in the top-four.
The newly-promoted Blades have been this season's surprise package in the English top-flight
The Blades were sitting in England's third tier just over three years ago and were playing in the Championship last season, meaning potential ties