Premier League champions Manchester City’s appeal against their ban from the UEFA Champions League will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport from June 8.
It can be recalled that the Citizens were hit with a two-year ban from Europe’s elite club competition by UEFA, alongside a fine of €30million fine in February for contravening Financial Fair Play rules.
Man City provided a strong response to the ruling and insisted that the process was prejudiced, and are confident that the ruling against them will not materialize on appeal.
According to UEFA, the Premier League’s defending champions had committed “serious breaches of the Uefa Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to Uefa between 2012 and 2016.”
If the ban is upheld, the Citizens will not participate in the 2020/21 and 2020/22 editions of the Champions League regardless of where they finish in the Premier League. However, on appeal, the ban and the fine could be reduced or removed completely by CAS.
Man City have been accused by UEFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber for failing to cooperate in the investigation of the case.
Regardless, with the Premier League on suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans from the Blue part of Manchester may know the fate of their club in the next two seasons of the UCL before competitive football returns to England.
If the appeal is not a success, the Premier League team that finishes fifth this season will take Manchester City’s place in the Champions League next season.