Manchester City succeed with appeal against European ban

    Manchester City will contend in the Champions League next season after having their two-year European ban raised on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Manchester City will contend in the Champions League next season after having their two-year European ban raised on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    CAS carried out a three-day review of February’s preliminary judgment, which enforced a EUR30 m (₤269 m) fine on Man City in addition to prohibiting them from participating in any European competition up until 2022-23

    That ban has actually now been raised completely, cleaning Man City to contend in the Champions League once again next season, while the fine has actually been lowered to EUR10 m (₤ 9m).

    “The CAS award emphasized that most of the alleged breaches reported by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB were either not established or time-barred,” checked out a declaration from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    “As the charges with respect to any dishonest concealment of equity funding were clearly more significant violations than obstructing the CFCB’s investigations, it was not appropriate to impose a ban on participating in UEFA’s club competitions for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the CFCB’s investigations alone.”

    “However, considering i) the financial resources of MCFC; ii) the importance of the cooperation of clubs in investigations conducted by the CFCB, because of its limited investigative means; and iii) MCFC’s disregard of such principle and its obstruction of the investigations, the CAS Panel found that a significant fine should be imposed on MCFC and considered it appropriate to reduce UEFA’s initial fine by 2/3, i.e. to the amount of €10m.”

    Man City reacted to the judgment with a declaration on their club website which checked out: “Whilst Manchester City and its legal consultants are yet to review the full judgment by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the club invites the ramifications these days’s judgment as a recognition of the club’s position and the body of proof that it had the ability to provide.

    “The club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered.”

    Man City have actually currently received next season’s Champions League and stay in this year’s competition, holding a first- leg lead over Real Madrid in the last 16 ahead of their second leg at the Etihad Arena next month.

    The news is both a blow to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and to others in the Premier League top-four race, with 5th location no longer sufficient for Champions League football next season.

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