Manchester City fight back against their Champions League ban as they register their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in bid to quash two-year suspension for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s FFP rules
- Manchester City were handed a two-year Champions League ban this month
- The reigning Premier League champions also received a £25million fine
- The punishment sent shockwaves across Europe but City have now fought back
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced City’s appeal on Wednesday
Manchester City have taken action against their two-season ban from European football by registering an appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced.
City were handed a two-year suspension from competing in European competitions by UEFA earlier this month while the reigning Premier League champions also received a £25million fine for FFP breaches.
City’s punishment sent shockwaves across Europe but they have now launched an appeal in a bid to quash their suspension for ‘serious breaches’ of UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
Manchester City have appealed against the European ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport
Although CAS did not indicate a time-frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months.
In a statement, CAS said: ‘The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
‘The appeal is directed against the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) dated 14 February 2020 in which Manchester City was deemed to have contravened UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations and sanctioned with exclusion from the next two seasons of UEFA club competitions for which the club would qualify and ordered to pay a fine of €30million.
‘Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened.
City’s financial fair play punishment from UEFA sent shockwaves across Europe
‘Once the panel has been formally constituted it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing.
‘Following the hearing, the panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an arbitral award.
‘It is not possible to indicate at this time when a final award in this matter will be issued.’
The reigning Premier League champions were found to have circumvented FFP rules between 2012 and 2016.
City won their first Premier League title in 2012 and their second in 2014, both within the time period UEFA adjudicated upon.
While the appeal was launched, City have been preparing for their clash with Real Madrid
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