Manchester City’s appeal over their two-year Champions League ban will be heard next month
Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year Champions League ban goes to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with date set for next month… and it could decide whether rivals United need to fight for the top four
- Manchester City were rocked by a two-year Champions League ban in February
- The Premier League side’s appeal will be heard next month, from June 8-10
- If ban is upheld, a Champions League place would go to whoever finishes fifth
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Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European football will be heard next month.
In February, the Premier League champions were hit with the suspension and fined £25million after an investigation found serious breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
City, who are adamant they are innocent, announced their intention to lodge an appeal against the penalty with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) immediately.
Manchester City will have their appeal over a Champions League ban heard next month
The club are said to be confident that they have not done anything to break FFP rules
And the Switzerland-based body announced on Tuesday that the hearing would be held over three days from June 8 to June 10.
A verdict is expected in July and if the ban is upheld, City’s Champions League place next season would go to the team finishing fifth.
In March, Sportsmail revealed that City’s top-flight rivals had launched a bid to stop the club playing in the Champions League next season, should their appeal be ongoing.
Kevin De Bruyne has hinted he could leave if City do not overturn the ban on European football
The rest of the top 10 clubs — with the exception of Sheffield United — submitted an application to CAS calling for any request from City to ‘stay’ the punishment be rejected.
However, it is understood that City never lodged such a request, rendering the move by the other clubs — in a rare display of public feeling — moot.
At the time, sources disclosed that the group, which included Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, acted out of fears City could escape all punishment from UEFA.
If City’s ban is upheld, it could open the door for United to return to the Champions League